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Lake Superior School District holds 4-day week community meetings

The Lake Superior School District has set dates for community meetings for the purpose of discussing the four-day school week.

The LSSD has set meetings for Feb. 23 at the William Kelley Schools cafeteria and Feb. 24 and March 5 at the Two Harbors High School choir room. All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are part of the reapplication process for the four-day school week.

The district received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Education commissioner Brenda Cassellius in May of last year that said the school district would have to go back to a traditional five-day calendar beginning in 2015-16 school year because the commissioner believes the five-day week will better meet the academic needs of the students. Though the commissioner strongly implied that she would not approve LSSD for another year of four-day school weeks, Minnesota State Statute says that a school district can apply every year for an alternative school calendar such as the four-day week.

The LSSD school board held a workshop meeting on Feb. 20 to discuss and hear the pros and cons of the four-day school week. Many teachers and parents attended the meeting in support of the four-day school week and voiced their opinions on the matter. The board voted 4-3 in favor of reappling for the four-day school week. The application is due by April 15.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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