The Kane County Board of Education, at its August 11, 2009, meeting voted to support Lake Powell School’s application to the State of Utah to change from a traditional five-day school week, to a Monday through Thursday four-day week, beginning this school year.

Lake Powell School (LPS) is Kane School District’s most remote school, located in Bullfrog, Utah.  Families living in the Bullfrog housing area must travel at least three hours to such things as doctors and groceries. Consequently, absenteeism among students and staff has grown at the school, as people often take off a Friday, extending the weekend to make travel to such necessities easier. Some students living outside of Bullfrog have long travel times to the school. It is for these reasons Principal Gordan Miller decided to make application for a four-day week to the State.

If approved by the State, the schedule will be in place for three years. State approval includes an agreement between Kane District and Lake Powell School, requiring the mandatory minimum 990 hours of instruction, and periodic student performance reports. The agreement states if student performance is found to be deficient or fails to progress, or if the short week results in increased costs to the district or the school, the parties have the right to reconsider the agreement. It is expected the new schedule will result in decreased costs to the District and the school, and that absenteeism rates will drop, resulting in improved student achievement.

Adult high school graduate Rachel Daley was presented with her diploma by board president Lex Chamberlain. The school board praised her, as the roomful of family and friends cheered and applauded her achievement. She thanked them all for their support. Congratulations, Rachel!

In other business, the school board approved a Valley High School (VHS) orchestra trip, four home school applications, an application for a Fredonia student to reside in and attend school in Kanab, as well as the hiring of Julie Ingersoll as a family and Consumer Science teacher at VHS and Sarah Archard as a Grade 3-5 teacher at LPS.

The board also heard a report from Chris Neff, Ed-net Coordinator at Kanab High School, and an annual report from the nonprofit Kane Schools Foundation for Students. The board moved consideration of a revised District policy regarding the acceptable use of computers and networks, to the consent agenda for next month. 

The Kane schools Foundation for Students presented its annual report.