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Block Scheduling to Address Summit High's Growing Enrollment

Summit High School Principal Paul Sears to give presentation at Thursday's Board of Education workshop meeting.

SHS Principal Paul Sears will continue to outline proposed block scheduling. Credit: Summit School District
SHS Principal Paul Sears will continue to outline proposed block scheduling. Credit: Summit School District
Summit High School Principal Paul Sears will continue to discuss the topic of block scheduling, which he introduced in November, at Thursday's Board of Education workshop meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson School board meeting room.

The new scheduling option will accommodate the 2014-2015 student body at SHS, projected to be 1,265, an increase of close to 5 five percent, according to the district. 

The addition of a one-hour common lunch block for all students and teachers will open up classroom space, allowing for club and student-teacher meetings.  

On a typical day, a student can use 30 minutes for lunch and the remainder for whatever activity is necessary that particular day, according to the district.

The proposed block schedule, tested twice last year, will add an “E” day to the week, in addition to A, B, C and D days, in which all classes will meet, periods 1 through 8, for 43 minutes.

While the block schedule, as proposed, does not require any construction or reconfiguration of classrooms, costs will be incurred in the form of additional lunch aides, custodial hours and security. A one-time fee for additional lunch tables is also anticipated. 

To view Thursday's meeting agenda in its entirety, click on the attached PDF document. 

The regular meeting of the BOE will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at  Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. 
Ra Ha December 12, 2013 at 08:37 AM
A significant problem is students who cannot buy lunch and finish it in 30 minutes, plus using rooms other than the cafeteria for students eating. I thought that the health and welfare of students was paramount? When my HS had this issue, they put 9th grade into the middle school for a few years until populations decreased. I assume that the middle school cannot accommodate that unfortunately as it appears crowded as well. Many school systems have K - 6 in the elementary schools, 7 - 8 in middle school, and 9th is either in the middle school or the high school depending on populations.

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