Thursday marked a day of first for Clarksville Community Schools Corporation students and staff.
CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Thursday marked a
day of first for Clarksville Community Schools Corporation students and staff. Not only was it the first day of August; it
was also the first day of school under the district's new modified balanced
calendar school year.
The CCSC school board adopted the new
calendar in January. The schedule change has also been implemented in other
Southern Indiana school districts including Greater Clark, New Albany-Floyd,
South Harrison and West Clark Community Schools.
On Thursday, students and staff got more than
just an early jump on the school year. They also got an earlier start to their
For the 2013-2014 school year, the district's
three school buildings will start on a staggered schedule as opposed to all
beginning at 8 a.m., as in past years. The schools respective schedules are
School hours: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
School hours: 7:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
Elementary School hours are 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Clarksville Elementary School
doors open for breakfast eaters at 7:15 a.m., while all other students can
report to their classrooms no earlier than 7:30 a.m.
"A little bit earlier than in the past
as far as start time goes," said Clarksville High School instructor
Kristen Payne. "It gets the students out earlier as well," said the
English instructor, citing a benefit to beginning classes earlier.
Payne teaches primarily senior level English
courses at Clarksville High School. While she has been teaching with CCSC
schools for more than nine years, she said she is excited about the change in
to the balanced school year, I think, will be most preferable to our students
and the testing activity and overall to scholastics," said Payne.
"This should be a much better situation for us, so we're very excited
about this year."