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Board mulls change to student scheduling

Modified: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

At the most recent meeting of the Page Unified School District governing board, on Sept. 25, the board reviewed information and held a discussion regarding the possibility of switching over to a block scheduling format.

Block scheduling has grown quite popular in recent years, and many schools across the country and the state of Arizona have implemented some version of it.

This type of arrangement differs greatly from traditional school schedules, where a student has several classes, for short periods of time every day of the week.

Under block scheduling, students spend more time in each course, but have fewer classes per day. Block scheduling also allows classes that would typically run the length of the school year to be completed in a semester.

Board member Bill Justice indicated that he was interested in exploring the options further as he feels that the additional preparation time it provides teachers could be helpful.

In light of the drastic changes the district has gone through in the past year, board member Theresa White stated that it would be difficult on teachers to push for another major change, and she believes that it would be best to revisit the issue after things have had time to settle.

During the discussion, board member Robert Candelaria stated that under the current schedule teachers have more time with each student on a weekly basis, and he is not compelled to move toward block scheduling at this time.

The discussion resulted in the board indicating that it is not opposed to block scheduling, and would keep the door open for future discussions on the subject.

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