Mitchell’s School Day will Start One Hour Later on Wednesdays Next Year

(MITCHELL) – The Mitchell School Board approved Supertindents Dr. Mike Wilcox’s request to have a one hour delay on Wednesdays for Professional Development.

Dr. Mike Wilcox

“I am requesting a one hour delay start each Wednesday for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The purpose of this request is to provide a weekly professional development time for all staff members,” Wilcox stated. “This will allow our educators to participate in ongoing Professional Development which will focus on each of our three core objectives.”

  • What We Teach (Curriculum)
  • How We Teach (Instruction)
  • Literacy

All Wednesday Professional Development sessions will include both district leadership and will be tailored to address specific areas of focus for the district’s educators.

The design of Wednesday Professional Development will include both district-wide and building specific initiatives. An additional benefit to this style of professional development will be the elimination of missed instructional days by teachers to attend outside professional development resulting in more in-class time and a reduction of days of coverage provided by substitute teachers.

“Perhaps the greatest benefit of this will be seen in addressing the concern of many of our educators regarding the lack of professional time to collaborate and professionally grow with colleagues,” Wilcox said. “There may be cases where families need supervision for their students during this one hour delay period due to work obligations. To meet this need, Mitchell Community Schools will utilize non-certified staff to monitor students in a specified location at each campus.”