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Education concerns cause Alliance school administrators to meet each Friday

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Staff members at Alliance Public Schools along with the superintendent are continuing to address gaps in the math and reading programs.
Dr. Troy Unzicker said the first Friday of every month this semester students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. because of a professional development day.

Unzicker says the remaining school hours this semester is a time for his staff and program committee members to focus on student educational needs and the curriculum.

He says the previous two months this semester have been productive but there are still concerns to address.

Two elementary schools, Grandview Elementary and Emerson Elementary are on the "persistently low achieving school" (PLAS) list.

Unzicker says the goal is to get those schools off the list.
"We have the kids we have and we have the teachers we have. Let's fix the curriculum, make it right and fix our scores because I can tell you kids don't deserve to be on the low achieving school list and we're going to do the things to make it right educationally to help them succeed and come off that list and then celebrate that success when it happens."

Earlier this week, the Alliance Public Schools Board of Education made a policy change that would create a 2 p.m. time change each Friday during the 2014- 2015 school year for professional and curriculum development.

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