Three surveys of 1,136 people in the Adams Central area were recently taken by AC's curriculum director, Anna Spalding, to gauge the reaction to the policy begun last August of delaying the start of school each Wednesday for 30 minutes so teachers can have a weekly 45-minute professional development period.
Teachers start their Wednesday meetings and discussions at 7:30 a.m. and end at 8:15 a.m., then classes start at 8:30 a.m. The time spent in the meetings is counted toward state-required time for development in regard to each teacher's state license.
The response was strongly in favor of the idea and of keeping Wednesday as the day on which to do it. Accordingly, the AC school board unanimously agreed at this week's meeting to keep the policy in effect for the 2011-12 year.
Spalding's report to the board noted the following surveys:
• 64 of AC's 77 teachers.
• 100 parents out of 216 who replied. She said that because of a situation with a computer, only the first 100 responses were able to be accessed, although the results showed that was a very reliable sampling.
• 392 students in the elementary school.
• 236 students in the middle school.
• 228 students in the high school.