Thirteen minutes have added onto the 2018-19 school year at Southern Door High School. These extra minutes provide an extended amount of time during the Extended Learning Period (ELT), the last period in the school day. From ELT being a 28 minute period previous school years, this year with the additional minutes it has become a 43 minute period, along with all other classes.
The idea of this extension was meant to “help students make up necessary labs or projects if needed along with missed tests, and other school work. It also allows for a good amount of time for intervention to take place for those students who need and have skill gaps, that they can recover those skills and have an adequate amount of time to do so.” Southern Door High school principal Steve Bousley also informed that this addition thirteen minutes will be in place until further notice.
The financial impact for Southern Door turns out to be a cost saving method for the school. The state requires a certain amount of minutes to be fulfilled in a school year, and this school has far exceeded the necessary amount. These thirteen minutes not only help with savings, but also allows the buses to run at the same time, condenses the lunch periods to two which saves on manpower, without affecting electrictity.
Southern Door intends to continue to find ways to save financially and boost student learning in an eco-friendly way.