The Utica City School District receiving a grant that will add 90 minutes of instruction on to the normal school day for some students and teachers all beginning this fall.
Starting in the fall, some Utica City School District students and teachers could be putting in a little extra time with the books. The district received $4.1 million to offer an optional 90-minutes of extra instruction for students in 5 Utica schools.
According to our colleagues at the o-d, superintendent Bruce Karem says he hopes in program will increase students' performances. And some believe that's exactly what the program would do.
“I think anything that can be used to help out young children today and young adult enhance their education is a great positive thing. I would be all for it,” says Tom Lorenz.
But some say the biggest issue would be whether or not it's optional. They say not everyone should have to stay late and making it mandatory could cause problems in its success.
“If it's an option then yeah, it's a good idea. Because if you’re behind in a class you can stay after and get help for it. But if you don't need to if it's not mandatory you don't have to worry about doing it when you're fine,” says Paige Cosimeno, of Canastota.
But for some students, adding an extra 90 minutes is too much and productivity could be compromised.
“I don't think a lot of people are going to pay attention by the end of the day. I can hardly pay attention until 2:30,” says Jennifer Meislin, of New Hartford.
The extended days will be offered in two of the district's middle schools and three elementary schools. Teachers that choose to stay the extra 90 minutes will be paid according to their salary.