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JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular April meeting of the Johnsonburg School Board, Brock Benson, High School Principal, discussed a proposal to change the current block scheduling to a traditional schedule.
â€śCurrently the students have a block schedule and classes every other day,â€ť Benson said. â€śThe good thing is there isnâ€™t a lot of transition time and it works good for labs and physical education.â€ť
On the contrary, Benson adds block scheduling isnâ€™t as beneficial for core classes.
â€śThere is an issue with the academics,â€ť Benson said. â€śIf you miss one day of class you essentially miss two days of class.â€ť
The proposed schedule would switch classes from their current 78 minutes to a traditional 45 minutes.
â€śThe positive is we would be able to more efficiently use our staff,â€ť Benson said. â€śWe would have a lot more flexibility, which is something we need to accommodate for the keystone exams.â€ť
Benson explained the current seventh grade students will need to take and pass the state mandated keystone exams in order to graduate.
â€śIt is a part of this legislation that we are required to offer remediation to those who donâ€™t pass the keystone exams,â€ť Benson said. â€śIn order to do that we need a lot more flexibility with our scheduling.â€ť
The multi-purpose period is currently scheduled for the end of the day and can hinder student efficiency.
Pick up a copy of the Saturday, April 7, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.