Redmond students will be get out of school an hour early on Wednesdays next year. The School Board voted last night to approve early release, so teachers can get together for professional development once a week. School Board President Jim Erickson says research supports that this time is well spent: “We have to put people together, put teachers together with specialists, like classified folks, particularly on reading. Give folks time to do that work.” Redmond has been considering early release for a couple years. In the past, there was some concern from working parents about what they would do about child care. But because of Redmond's switch to four day a week school, the District has plenty of after school activities and options for students to participate in.