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Director Glass names members of new Instructional Time Task Force


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass today announced the 16 Iowans who will serve on the Instructional Time Task Force, which was established in Senate File 2284 to study issues such as the school start date, length of the school day and school year, and after-school programming.

“This task force will draw from some great minds, both inside and outside of education, to help us study this important topic,” Glass said. “Time in school should be thought of as a variable that can be applied differently to each student. Some students do just fine with a traditional 180-day calendar. Other students need something different and something more.  Extending school time also is one of the most costly school reforms, so we should be thoughtful in using it.”

The task force will meet for the first time on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grimes State Office Building. All meetings will be open to the public. Recommendations from the task force are due Oct. 15.

Members of the Instructional Time Task Force are as follows:

  • 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, 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, Mason City Community School District Superintendent, Mason City
  • 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

Ex-Officio (non-voting) members of the task force are as follows:

  • State Rep. Kevin Koester, Ankeny
  • State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, Des Moines
  • Beth Happe, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines
  • Fred Kinne, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines
  • Isaiah McGee, Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 20, 2018 at 12:48am.