Should Salem Implement Longer School Days?

There will be a 'Salem Public Schools Turnaround Update' tonight at Collins Middle School.

A crowd is expected to attend tonight's Salem Public Schools Turnaround Update at Collins Middle School.

The meeting, scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m., is expected to feature addresses from Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Superintendent of Schools Stephen Russell.

The following was drawn from a press release issued by Patricia Zaido:

Educational research strongly supports the connection between additional time in school and the improved performance of student achievement. Chris Gabrieli, one of the nation’s leading thinkers in education, has been at the forefront of the movement to rethink the school calendar.

Jennifer Davis has an extensive academic background and has held positions on federal, state and local levels focused on improving educational opportunities for children across the U.S. Both Chris and Jennifer advise state and district leaders on models for expanding school time in order to significantly improve student achievement and prepare students for success in college and the workforce.

They will be at the Collins Middle School to share their successes and expertise with the Salem community.

In addition, Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Russell will provide an update on the second year of the “Turnaround” – a focus on teaching and learning, use of data, a new volunteer initiative, greater cultural expectations, and more.

Who should attend this meeting?

Teachers, parents, grandparents, potential volunteers and/or concerned citizens. We all have a stake in the success of our public schools and the future of our children. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and help in this major effort to improve the Salem Public Schools.


Please contact Patricia Zaido, Executive Director of The Salem Partnership at pzaido@salempartnership.org or at 978.741.8100.


What do you think about the prospect of longer school days?

Let us know in the comments section below.

john January 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM
A longer school day will not make up for the failure of the Salem schools.
JoAnn R January 25, 2013 at 01:43 AM
John clearly you do not know what really goes on, it is more a failure of parents than the faculty of salem public schools. While I am sure that there are teachers who need to move on I am quite sure that the lack of families preparing their children for education and doing their part is a major component of why and who does poorly.
John Merrett January 25, 2013 at 02:16 AM
JoAnn,I think you are spot on.
john January 25, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Clearly,I said nothing about teachers. It is a failure of the administration as the state indicated when Salem was reviewed for financial help. I have two children that have gone through the Salem schools and have done very well. Blaming the parents is rediculous. The problem is the mayor,that's what's going on.


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