Fayette elementary going to trimesters 2.27

Written by David Green.

With the move into the new school building, Fayette’s elementary school students will need to align their schedules.

Classes at the Franklin building follow a trimester grading period while grades four and five are still on a nine-week schedule.

School board members will vote at the March meeting on a request from principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer to have all students follow the trimester plan.

The trimester schedule has worked out well for the lower grades, she said, and she has several reasons for favoring that plan.

• Additional days in the trimesters allow students more time to raise a “failing” grade at midterm.

• The longer trimester supports students who may be struggling by giving them more opportunities to receive help.

• Parent-teacher conferences coincide with the end of the first trimester, giving teachers the opportunity to share more with parents.

After discussing the issue with fourth and fifth grade teachers, those staff members also agreed to switch to trimesters.

 ENROLLMENT—Dr. Boyer told the board that 32 kindergarten students are expected for the next school year as of now, with the annual registration date yet to come.

That marks a gain of five students more than the kindergarten enrollment from last fall.

The current elementary school enrollment of 248 is the lowest in her eight years with the district.

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