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Public forum on four day school week proposal - Lamar Ledger

There are 38 comments on the Lamar Ledger story from May 5, 2011, titled Public forum on four day school week proposal - Lamar Ledger. In it, Lamar Ledger reports that:

About 100 members of the public including parents, teachers and students, gathered in the Lamar High School auditorium to share their views before the Lamar Public School Board members Tuesday May 3. After a work session Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the Board will vote on mov ing to a four day school week, Monday, May 9. Board members took notes from the ...

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tired of the whining

Lamar, CO

#1 May 5, 2011
If you were NOT at the meeting on Tuesday, DO NOT COMPLAIN!!! I am embarrassed that there were so few there!Shows were your priorities are! Whatever the board decides, deal with it. The people there that spoke did a great job. Some needed to get their facts straight before speaking. Whether it is a 5 day week or 4 day, the school will meet the contact hours mandated by the state. An example for you to understand is whether it is a 5 day week at 40 hours or a 4 day week at 40 hours, the students will be in school the same amount of time.
happy

Lamar, CO

#2 May 5, 2011
I agree with tired of the whining. Children are resilent. It works for other districts, it will work here.
hsparent

Saguache, CO

#3 May 5, 2011
If you weren't there then your bad...no more whining...let the chips fall where they might...
the children don't have a problem with this...it is you the parents who want us to babysit your kids...amen...
Lamarmom

United States

#4 May 5, 2011
I don't need you or anyone to babysit my kids! I need them to get a good education and just don't feel cramming 5 days into 4 is the right way to go. All the people at the meeting that want the 4 day act like those of us who don't want it just don't want to take care of our own kids. That isn't the case. I take full responsibility for my kids.
Really

Grand Junction, CO

#5 May 5, 2011
What I want to say to all the teachers/ students that got up there and said that they were all for a four day "DUH of course you are all for it!" Common sense tells everyone that a high school student would love to be out all day on Friday to whatever they want and teachers get Friday's off just cuz the kids don't want school on Friday's cuz they are so totally fried! These kids, and I do mean ALL of them K-12 should have their butt in a school desk learning valuable lessons in school Monday-Friday
happy

Lamar, CO

#6 May 6, 2011
Really wrote:
What I want to say to all the teachers/ students that got up there and said that they were all for a four day "DUH of course you are all for it!" Common sense tells everyone that a high school student would love to be out all day on Friday to whatever they want and teachers get Friday's off just cuz the kids don't want school on Friday's cuz they are so totally fried! These kids, and I do mean ALL of them K-12 should have their butt in a school desk learning valuable lessons in school Monday-Friday
Get your facts straight! Teachers will be in school for training on 2 of the 4 Fridays! DO NOT JUDGE teachers as being lazy and "wanting a Friday off" How dare you think that teachers don't want what is best for kids! Teachers and staff did not ask for all this mess to happen. It is your government and their lack of responsible spending that has caused this. Teachers and staff would gladly keep things the way they are. Keep Lincoln open, 10 teachers not losing their jobs, several other staff not losing their jobs! So, for ALL of you and I mean All of you who think ALL teachers and staff want "another day off" , think again. Teachers in this district did NOT ask for this to happen!
begood

Lamar, CO

#7 May 6, 2011
suck it up buttercups and I mean you really and lamarmom...
chocaholic

La Junta, CO

#8 May 6, 2011
Glad I have my kids raised and don't have to deal with this one. However, I would like to weigh in on this. Any child/kid who wants to better themself or go somewher in life is going to take whatever opportunity they can to study. If they go to school Mon thru Fri and need to study on Sat. that's what they will do. If they go Mon thru Thurs they will study Friday. It's what they do because that's what it takes. Those that don't care about their education it won't matter one bit. This again comes back to the home life and how they were raised. If mom and dad have instilled in them a good work/study ethic they will be fine. If mom and dad haven't then it's ok to they can blame the teacher and the government for their childs failure. You get out of life what you put into it! Good luck!
IMHO

Gypsum, CO

#9 May 6, 2011
Interesting comments - but really - some of these kids will be roaming the streets, causing trouble, etc... with an extra day for the weekend.

It works well for other schools - that is rural schools - but I am not too sure that it will work for Lamar.

There are no jobs for the kids to take on - there is no place for them to go - unless they are in sports (which is something that the board would never cut - and don't even get me started on how many days off the sports kids get taken out of class for games, etc... ughhh) there really isn't much else for these kids to do.

M-F 8-5 should be the standard for these kids - not because of needing a babysitter - but because when they get into the real world - they need to be prepared and be ready to face the challenges of scheduling and taking an initiative to make themselves better.

This is why our education system is failing - just like our economy - because of poor fiscal management - we cut back on the things that are important and invest in the things that are fun instead of attempting to innovate and grow and reinvest in the essentials!!!
begood

Lamar, CO

#10 May 6, 2011
...It is called parental control...the good kids will not be running the streets on Friday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM...there has always been early dismissal and what did your kids do...there is no standard for days in school anymore...times have changed...we are a rural school district for your information...and for your information sports keeps alot of kids in school and off the streets...accept it and move on with whatever the decision is...
too true

Lamar, CO

#11 May 6, 2011
begood wrote:
...It is called parental control...the good kids will not be running the streets on Friday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM...there has always been early dismissal and what did your kids do...there is no standard for days in school anymore...times have changed...we are a rural school district for your information...and for your information sports keeps alot of kids in school and off the streets...accept it and move on with whatever the decision is...
All these statements are true. There are kids who are "running the streets" right this minute (Friday, 12:45 P.M.) because their parents have no control and can't make them go to school. Our neighboring communities went to 4 day weeks without experiencing a rise in juvenile crime. I'm sure Lamar could manage to do the same.
lamarmom

Pueblo, CO

#12 May 6, 2011
The difference is the neighboring communities have far less kids! I can tell you where my children will be... They will be out playing! Mine will be riding their bikes, going to friends houses, going to the park - all thinks kids do when they are out of school. Mine are old enough that yes, they will run town, but not because I don't have control of them. It's called being a kid! They won't be doing homework just because it's Friday and they are out of school, they will still wait until it's dark and can't be outside anymore. Heck, they might even drink from the garden hose.
KTC

Westcliffe, CO

#13 May 6, 2011
lamarmom wrote:
The difference is the neighboring communities have far less kids! I can tell you where my children will be... They will be out playing! Mine will be riding their bikes, going to friends houses, going to the park - all thinks kids do when they are out of school. Mine are old enough that yes, they will run town, but not because I don't have control of them. It's called being a kid! They won't be doing homework just because it's Friday and they are out of school, they will still wait until it's dark and can't be outside anymore. Heck, they might even drink from the garden hose.
Well we will labors, burger flippers, trash truck drivers, cons,& etc.
The ones that take education seriously will have the better paying jobs. And kids can still be kids by doing homework, then play time. Depends on what you as a parent to better their lives.
too true

Grand Junction, CO

#14 May 6, 2011
Isn't La Junta on a 4 day week? I don't think they have fewer children than we do.
singlemom2

Alamosa, CO

#15 May 6, 2011
I went to the meeting on tuesday night. The one thing that stood out for me was the lack of compassion from from some of the speakers. The group of "I'll feed my kids, and I'll find daycare for my kids" have obviously not experienced hard times like some of the rest of us have. The five day work week is just a part of our society. It's not that we all just want a babysitter for our kids. I find it amazing that all of the people who are for the four day school week expect everyone else to be working on Friday to accomodate them for all of their appointments etc. I think IMHO hit the nail on the head when he mentioned athletics. No one ever wants to see teachers to go, so why haven't we looked at trimming the athletic budget. And finally, those people who think they have their kids in complete control...think again! Take it from someone who knows, you may be the next to eat your words.
Really

Grand Junction, CO

#16 May 6, 2011
Sorry I couldn't respond to the posts, I was working 8-5 on a Friday OMG!!! Some of us still have to do that, WOW what an amazing concept! I want to respond to the "happy" comment, I do have my facts straight because even a teacher from Parkview said that 73% of teachers are all for a four day school week, that is just one school alone. If you are one of the teachers that are against a four day school week, good for you but if you are one of the 73% of teachers that are against this shame on you. Seems to me that if we added all of the schools together and figured all the teachers that are for the four day, it would be greater than 73%. So in my opinion the majority of teachers want a four day, so get your FACTS STRAIGHT!
Liberal and Proud

Grand Junction, CO

#17 May 6, 2011
Sorry Really its not 73% of teachers that are for a 4 day work week...its actually 74%!
Really

Grand Junction, CO

#18 May 6, 2011
O so sorry :)
Dthizzle

Grand Junction, CO

#19 May 7, 2011
I have a great idea for a school thats having trouble affording to pay their teachers a fair wage, and considering pushing one of the work days into purgatory for students. Cut the sports programs...Music enriches a kids learning potential and yet funding is so strapped at Lamar we have one teacher for band guitar choir and musical theory. Thats just not right considering the football team seems to be doing pretty well for itself. In the long run fix your academics and than talk about sports. If sports programs keep kids off the street as earlier said on this forum than the town should have sports programs that are in no way related to the school. Lets not make our already large drop out rate bigger by cutting down the school week.
cantbelieve this

Saguache, CO

#20 May 7, 2011
I can see dthizzle that u are not a sports fan...give me a break...I suggest you volunteer your services at your local school to help out with the musical department so there will now be two teachers...and there are sports programs that are not related to the school...it is thru our local rec. dept and I volunteer my time to help out when needed...step up and be a team player...

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