I interviewed Mr. Leeman about having an early dismissal every other Wednesday. He said that he liked it because, "Our teachers are working curriculum and alignment with the Core. I think we are starting to have conversations that we've never had before due to this time we've spent together."
I had asked him if there was a reason it was on Wednesday's and why not any other week day and he said, "We've always done professional development on Wednesdays, three of four schools that we are working with also have it on Wednesday too."
Some of the non-beneficial things about having this twice a month are, "Teachers are losing two and a half hours of construction with kids." Leeman says that they plan to do this next year as well.