ERATH COUNTY (June 7, 2018)– Huston Academy, formerly known as Erath Excels, will operate on a four-day school week for the 2018-2019 school year.
Huston Academy was established 19 years ago as an alternative for regular school for students who were in danger of dropping out or who needed to make up credits.
The idea for a four-day school week generated within the staff at Huston Academy and was then brought up to the school board.
Huston Academy superintendent Mike Scott explained how the decision was made.
“It was very much a collaborative decision,” Scott said. “We ran it by students and we ran it by parents. Our staff is very excited about it. Even though the days are going to be longer for them Monday through Thursday, they’re excited about the things we can accomplish. We’re going to be creative with our schedule and try to make sure that we’re taking care of our kids and not working them to death.”
Even though the students will not have to come to school on Fridays, the days will be longer. As opposed to the normal schedule of 8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., the new schedule for the 2018-2019 school year will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.
“We feel confident in what we’re doing going to the four-day week,” Scott said. “The state has allowed us to do that because of the new law that they passed. We account for our time based on minutes, not days anymore. We’re looking to drum up some interest and to be able to help some more kids to be able to reach their goals.”
Scott believes that changing the schedule will be a positive experience for both parents and students.
“We believe that our parents will be [happy with the new schedule]” Scott said. “One less day that they will have to provide transportation to the school so hopefully that will help them. We also believe that a lot of our students are at the age where they have jobs, and it will allow our students to be able to work three days over a weekend at a job and I really think that that will be beneficial to them as well.”
Huston Academy is going to have a series of informational meetings this summer starting on June 12 at 6 p.m. for anyone interested in enrolling or learning more about the four-day week.
“I would just invite anybody that’s interested to come to our meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday next week,” Scott said. “We’ll be glad to answer any questions that we can and try to give you as much information as we can. We know that we don’t have all of the answers for it right now, but we’re very committed to it and we will work out the kinks as we go and make it as good of a situation for everybody as we can.”