First Farmington delayed-start day canceled

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Farmington school district administrators have canceled the first delayed-start school day scheduled for Monday.


Gene Schmidt, Farmington Municipal School District superintendent, said the decision was made during an informal discussion at the Aug. 11 Board of Education meeting.

The first delayed-start school day is now set for Sept. 12 to give families additional time to find child care, Schimdt said.

Board members approved modifying the district’s 2016-2017 calendar in June to include 15 delayed-start school days. The board is scheduled to revisit the decision at an October board meeting to possibly vote on changing the number of delayed-start school days.

The additional professional development time was built into the calendar to allow teachers time to improve classroom instruction to raise the district’s math and reading proficiency rates, and the high school graduation rates.

Parents of Farmington students have voiced their concern about the impact it will have on their lives and their jobs.

Schmidt said it was little quick for teachers to use the delayed-start time effectively in the second week of the school year.