Committee to look at high school scheduling

Published 5:13 pm Friday, February 19, 2016

A committee will look at what class scheduling to use at Central High School for next year, and it is expected to give a report to the school board in early March.

The makeup of the committee will be broad and represent “vast coverage of the county,” Lunenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Charles M. Berkley Jr. told the school board during its Feb. 8 meeting.

Its makeup will include: administrators from Central and the middle school, a couple of parents and teachers, several school board members, guidance counselor, and students.

“There are a lot of different thought going into looking into this,” Berkley said.

Currently, the high school uses regular block scheduling consisting of four class periods each day for half of a year, with four new classes for the last half of the year.

Also being considered is having seven periods of the same classes for a full year and a modified A/B schedule that is one or two periods that are a year-long with certain classes held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and certain other classes on Tuesday and Thursday.

Berkley has noted that each scheduling method has its drawbacks and advantages that will have to be considered.

“We need to do what is best for the students so they can get as much educational time as possible,” he said.

The topic has been an issue for the school board since last year, when the system surveyed students and parents to get their opinions.

Berkley has told the board that a number of schools in the area have gone back to the seven-period day.

Berkley has told the board that block scheduling in the fall is no problem because students seldom miss time because of weather. Students have already missed days this year