The change would increase instructional time and could save the division about $500,000 in transportation costs, according to Newport News Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price.
said the idea came up in recent budget discussions.
said, the idea is two-fold, as students will gain from the increased class time.
Five Newport News elementary schools were accredited with warning last year and the extra time could help those students catch up.
said the change could benefit all students.
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"Every school has students that would benefit from more instructional time," she
said teachers may actually end up with more planning time, as proposed changes to students' daily resource classes would allow for a longer planning period every day of the week.
The division is holding three forums in different sections of the city this week to discuss the proposal with teachers.
"We want to make sure our leadership has teachers' input before the School Board decides," she
While no official public forums are planned, Price
said, officials will seek input from parents.