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CCSB Approves Early Dismissals For Wednesdays

RISON – Beginning next Wednesday, Oct. 21, students in the Cleveland County School District will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday to give teachers more time for class preparation and tutoring, the Cleveland County School Board decided Tuesday night.

The early dismissal will continue through the remainder of the fall semester, which ends at the Christmas break.

Superintendent Craig Dupuy recommended the “District Learning Plan for Early Release” to the school board during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Dupuy explained that the dual roles that teachers are currently doing to accommodate both off-campus instruction due the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as well as preparing for in-class instruction as well has squeezed teachers to their limits. He said both of his building principals have reported teachers coming to them, sometimes in tears, saying the workload of juggling both teaching methods at the same time is too much.

These teachers are looking for some relief,” Dupuy told the board.
“I think they are struggling as far as their family life is concerned,” he added.

The board unanimously approved Dupuy’s recommendation.

Dupuy released a letter to parents on Wednesday that can be found here.

Local Districts See Declining Enrollment

CCSD Sees 11 Percent Drop From Last Year; Woodlawn Down 1 Percent

RISON – Based on Oct. 1 enrollment figures, the Cleveland County School District has about 11 percent fewer students than it did last year while the Woodlawn School District is down by about 1 percent.

This year, the Cleveland County School District showed 692 students enrolled as of Oct. 1, a decline of 89 students (11.4 percent) from the official number of 781 for the 2019-20 school year. The Woodlawn School District showed a decline of nine students (1.6 percent), falling from 555 last year to 546 on Oct. 1.

While declining enrollment has been an issue across much of southern Arkansas over the past 10 years or so, both Cleveland County and Woodlawn have avoided the steep declines experienced by many of their regional counterparts.

It was for that reason that Cleveland County Superintendent Craig Dupuy said the Oct. 1 figures came as a complete surprise to him. “I liked to have died in my chair,” he said.

If you want to read more about these or other stories from around Cleveland County you’re invited to visit the Herald online news page at www.clevelandcountyherald.com

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