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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.

Meeting Dates, Agendas & 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 January 25, 2021 at 3:13pm.