BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College will not hold classes on Fridays next school year.
The college’s Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a four-day-per-week instructional calendar for the 2014-15 academic year at its monthly meeting Dec. 17. The school announced the change in a news release on Tuesday.
The move is designed to provide students with more flexible scheduling options, the school said. The administrative offices still will be open on Fridays, and maintenance staff will use the day free of the student population and traffic to do projects that otherwise would need to be postponed. The exact schedule for non-instructional personnel has not been finalized.
Four other Mississippi community colleges use some form of a four-day week, according to Northeast. Those are Meridian Community College, East Mississippi, Holmes and Mississippi Delta.
Northeast President Johnny Allen said he and his staff looked carefully at the impact the change would have on students.
“Originally, we looked at the four-day work week as an avenue by which we could conserve energy and therefore save on utilities,” Allen said. “However, as we continued to conduct research and have discussions, we continued to ask ourselves how the change would affect our students. We feel the four-day class schedule will allow students more time to prepare for those classes, as we tend to their business on campus or outside the educational realm such as taking on more employment hours.”
Fall semester day and evening classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 14. The traditional holiday schedule remains relatively unchanged.