A provision in the new four-year contract between the Monroe County Community School Corporation and the Monroe County Education Association will lengthen the work day for teachers. Teachers in the school district work a 6 1/2 hour day currently. The change increases the teachers’ workday to 7 hours and 45 minutes. Jackson Creek Middle School Principal David Pillar said he’s optimistic about the change, noting many teachers already have responsibilities which keep them at school almost eight hours a day.
“For a large majority of the teachers this just isn’t going to have any effect if nothing else there is just a clearer definition of what their contractual expectations are,” Pillar said. “I think that’s a benefit to everybody…that everyone is on the same page about when its expected that teachers be there.”
Pillar said he thinks the increase in the teacher’s workday is a precursor to a possible extension of the school day. The change takes effect beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.