Eleven Pasco elementary schools get longer days for fourth and fifth graders
Eleven Pasco County schools that landed on the state's Lowest 300 list for reading performance in 2015-16 will provide an added hour of daily reading instruction for fourth and fifth graders beginning this fall.
The School Board approved the longer hours on Tuesday, and discussions are continuing to make sure younger siblings of the children who attend will have a program to attend during that hour.
Some schools also have asked to extend the instruction into lower grade levels, particularly to retained third graders. But the cost remains a potential barrier.
The district's finance staff is still working on fitting the expense of the program into the budget, which is supposed to be more complete at the end of the week.
Nine of the schools are new to the added reading time. They are Calusa, Centennial, Chasco, Gulf Trace Highlands, Richey, Moon Lake, Northwest and Seven Springs, all now ending at 4:40 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders, and Pasco and Hudson, ending at 3:40 p.m. Repeating in the program are Lacoochee and Cox, also ending at 3:40 p.m.
The district will provide transportation.
Gulfside Elementary is no longer required to participate.