TIMPSON, Texas (KETK) – Timpson ISD has joined a growing list of schools implementing a four-day school week after a vote by their board Tuesday night.

The district released a statement on Facebook Wednesday morning outlining their reasoning for the scheduling change.

“With this innovative change comes a lot of questions and challenges, but a lot of questioning, thought and planning has already gone into the discussion. We believe this will help with the retention/attraction of staff and help the attendance rate of staff and students.”

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The statement also said that the board will be increasing teacher and staff pay but did not list specifics.

A few adjustments will be made to the school calendar to meet state-mandated criteria for the number of minutes students must be in the classroom. The following changes will be implemented:

  • The beginning of the school year will be two weeks earlier
  • The end of the school year will be at least one week later
  • The school day will be one hour longer

Earlier this month, Pewitt ISD voted to also change to a four-day school week beginning in the fall. Jasper ISD made a similar vote back in March.

Athens ISD made headlines in East Texas back in December 2018 by starting the four-day schedule as a three-year experiment.