TPS announces new changes for upcoming school year

With the start of school about three weeks away, Toledo Public Schools superintendent Romulus Durant addressed the media Thursday with what he's calling a new look TPS.

One of the ways Durant says the district is evolving this year is by launching their jones leadership academy, a gender based education and life skills program for students 7th through 9th grade.

Leadership academy principal Dr. Ward Barnett says the new program allows TPS to retain the students that otherwise would leave the district for a private school education. â??in an era when we focus all on academics...which is exceptionally important, you also have to have a balanced person, you want them to be respectful to their elders, respectful to others, it's crucial to them growing up as young peopleâ??.

Superintendent Durant also announced the district will be adding on to its free meal program, now providing all elementary students a free lunch in addition to the free breakfast they were already receiving â??we can't delve into your teaching or learning until we've met your Maslow hierarchy needs at that fundamental baseâ??.

Like the Maslow hierarchy Durant says a nutritious diet is paramount for success and by instituting the program the district is not only helping to meet a community need, but ensuring that students can make the most of their education.

â?¢ There will be District-Wide 2-Hour Delayed Starts on:

o Wednesday, September 10

o Wednesday, October 1

o Wednesday, January 28

o Wednesday, February 25

o Wednesday, March 11

o Wednesday, May 20

â?¢ There will be NO SCHOOL on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4

â?¢ Tuesday, August 26 will be the first full day for freshmen and a half-day for elementary students; all high school students will report on Wednesday, August 27 and will have a full day

â?¢ Kindergarten, preschoolers and Head Start students will start school on Tuesday, September 2

â?¢ Parents still needing to set up kindergarten testing for their child should call the school where the child will be attending.