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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.
âCurrently the students have a block schedule and classes every other day,â Benson said. âThe good thing is there isnât a lot of transition time and it works good for labs and physical education.â
On the contrary, Benson adds block scheduling isnât as beneficial for core classes.
âThere is an issue with the academics,â Benson said. âIf you miss one day of class you essentially miss two days of class.â
The proposed schedule would switch classes from their current 78 minutes to a traditional 45 minutes.
âThe positive is we would be able to more efficiently use our staff,â Benson said. âWe would have a lot more flexibility, which is something we need to accommodate for the keystone exams.â
Benson explained the current seventh grade students will need to take and pass the state mandated keystone exams in order to graduate.
âIt is a part of this legislation that we are required to offer remediation to those who donât pass the keystone exams,â Benson said. âIn order to do that we need a lot more flexibility with our scheduling.â
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.