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Instructional Time Task Force

This task force will study the following issues:

  • The minimum length of the school day and school year, including whether time in school should be extended for all students or just specific groups of students
  • The school calendar, including whether the school year should be defined by a number of days or instructional hours
  • The concept of a uniform school start date for the school year

The task force also must design and propose a pilot project on extending the school day or year. Recommendations and a pilot project proposal are due to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and the Iowa Legislature by October 15.

Final Report

Instructional Time Task Force Final Report

Meeting Dates, Agendas and Notes

July 26, 2012

August 23, 2012

September 18, 2012

October 1, 2012


Lead: Mike Cormack, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines

  • Shirley Phillips, Sac Economic Tourism and Development, Sac City
  • Mark Tucker, Retired Teacher/Coach, Indianola
  • Darryl DeRuiter, Pella Christian High School Principal, Pella
  • Frank Spillers, Global Horizons, Atlantic
  • Jerry Parkin, Farm Bureau/Iowa State Fair Board, Earlham
  • Leonard Griffith, Paton-Churdan Community School District Superintendent, Churdan
  • Katie Byers, Iowa Alliance of Iowa Boys and Girls Clubs, Des Moines
  • Mick Jurgensen, Rogers Elementary Principal, Marshalltown
  • Mike Dick, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, West Des Moines
  • Mary Hillman, PACES, Perry
  • Kerry Gumm, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines
  • Gary Norris, Waterloo Community School District Superintendent, Waterloo
  • Anita Micich, Clear Lake and Mason City Community School Districts, Mason City and Clear Lake
  • Cindi McDonald, Waukee Community School District Associate Superintendent, Waukee
  • Sandy Klaus, Starmont Community School District Elementary Principal, Arlington
  • Maureen Tiffany, United Way of Central Iowa, Des Moines
  • Kay Stork, CAM Community School District, Massena
  • George Wheeler, Iowa Association of School Boards/Fort Madison Community School District, Fort Madison


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2021 at 6:36pm.