DELAY DEFINITE: Whitko board adjusts start time for school days

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School students will have a weekly delay of 30 minutes each Wednesday starting in January.Superintendent Steve Clason petitioned the Board of Trustees for Whitko Community School Corporation to approve the delay to allow for professional training for teachers.“We’re not leading this change, we are following it,” said Clason. “The state says we have to offer so much time for development and this seems to be the most cost effective way to do it.” Other neighboring districts conduct a regular delay for professional development. Clason said after his contact with other districts, faculty and students seemed to like the delay. Only one board member was against the change. Jorell Tucker was concerned with parents having to adjust drop-off schedules and routines in the middle of the year. “Are we going to offer something for parents who have to drop their kids off early to get to work?,” asked Tucker.Clason said a latch key program had not been popular in the past, but that he welcomed parental input.“This is why I am asking for us to go ahead now and move forward with this change,” said Clason. “I want to give parents plenty of time to make adjustments and offer their concerns so we can know if there is enough interest to provide a type of latch key program.”The board approved the motion, although it was not unanimous.For a more in depth look at this story, see the Nov. 22 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.