Southampton School District officials will host a community forum on Wednesday night to discuss the ramifications of a $2.6 million state grant intended to extend the amount of time students spend in school per year by 300 hours.
The meeting, which will feature a representative from the New York State Education Department, will be the first of several scheduled for this year, District Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina said this week. The state administrator will present first to the district teachers in the afternoon of October 1, with a parent and community presentation that night at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The grant is part of the Extended Learning Time initiative from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, which is dedicated to closing the achievement gap statewide in two core subjects—English language arts and math. The district would have the option of extending the elementary and intermediate school day by adding an hour and 40 minutes to each of the 180 scheduled school days, or extending the school year by adding days in the summer.
The community forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Anyone seeking more information should contact the district office at 591-4510.