Portsmouth Schools to Start Late in 2013; Finance Director Resigns
Resignations and significant changes took place at Tuesday night's School Committee meeting.
Portsmouth schools will start late at least once a month starting in the fall for teacher development.
The Portsmouth School Committee approved a plan Tuesday night to start classes late at least one day a month.
All Portsmouth schools will begin 75-minutes late one day per month during the 2012-2013 school year. The delays will result in a total reduction of 11.25 hours for the school year.
The late starts will be held on the second Wednesdays of the month, September through May. The selected dates are Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.
The purpose of the late start is to provide teachers with professional development at that time. Students who would need to be brought to school at the regular time will be kept in "supervised study halls," according to the proposal.
School officials submit resignations
The school committee also received two resignations from officials Tuesday night.
Jeffrey Goss, Portsmouth High School assistant principal, announced his resignation effective June 8, according to the meeting highlights.
The committee also accepted the resignation of Mark Dunham, director of Finance and Administration, effective July 13.
To read more from the school committee highlights, view the release here.