The Pella School District plans to implement an increased number of professional development hours in its school year calender going forward. There has been mixed feedback from parents. Lowell Ernst, curriculum director for the district tells KNIA/KRLS News that the increase in professional development hours is something he has personally wanted to see happen during his entire 13 years with the district. He says that parents should be involved and continue to ask questions about the process. He says it will be a great thing for the school system, and ultimately a great thing for the kids.