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Extended School Day Draws Concern For North East Parents

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 NORTHEAST- There was a sea of puzzled faces at Davis Elementary school Thursday evening. They were faces of dozens of parents who showed up to a special meeting Thursday night with a number of questions for Northeast School District Superintendent James Brotz.

"We haven't really been told exactly what was being done," parent Eric Riedel says.

The biggest question: why the school district plans to extend the school day for Davis’ intermediate students.

“Students can receive some remedial help during the day, and also receive some enrichment opportunities," Brotz says.

The district wants to keep students 5 minutes past their normal 3:30p.m. end time for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Superintendent Brotz says it'll allow teachers to spend more time with students by adding a 10th period to the daily schedule and safety improvements at dismissal.

Jan Abate, a parent, says it’s a hassle to pick up her daughter Samantha after school. 

"If we could just get whoever was here first, out first, then we could keep the line moving,” Abate says. “We have to rely on the parents to keep the kids moving."

It’s a complaint Brotz is well aware of. He says a later end time will also be convenient as the district is looking to move its dismissal location to an area where ample parking is available.

"We have one campus, which is great but we also have three groups leaving,” Brotz adds. “We have walkers, car-riders, and our buses. Traffic has increased, mobility has increased, and it has stretched us pretty thin."

The plan is not set for next year, but the superintendent says he wanted to give parents a voice in the situation.



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