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New Scheduling Format at Schreiber Effective Sept. '98

By Jackie Pierangelo

The Schreiber Scheduling Committee made a presentation to the Board of Education at the Dec. 16 board meeting. Committee Chair and Schreiber Principal Dr. Sid Barite introduced committee members Assistant Principals Carmine Matina and Rita Albert. They advised that teachers and administrators began looking at the current schedule in the fall of 1994 because of concerns raised by teachers, parents and students. They reported that the scheduling committee, which was expanded to include students parents and teacher, now recommends that Schreiber adopt a new scheduling format using a six day cycle in which classes meet for one hour.'

They further stated that the new schedule addresses the concerns raised over the last few years, maximizes educational opportunities and gives students the best means to meet the new graduation requirements. They listed the advantages of the new scheduling method as follows:

  • Students will be able to take elective courses that were unavailable with modular scheduling.

  • Conflicts are minimized and overlays are eliminated.

  • All students will have time for lunch.

  • Students will have more opportunities to meet with teachers during unstructured time.

  • One hour classes maximize instructional time and minimize time lost in startup and shutdown.

  • Most classes will meet for the same of additional lengths of time.

  • Rooms will be used more effectively.

Ms. Albert noted that the last time this new scheduling system was presented, the big question was "How do we know it's going to work?" This time, before the committee made its presentation, a simulated schedule was run, based on the current schedules of students and their requests. The simulated run showed that 89 percent of the students were able to get into the courses they requested versus 67 percent using the same data with modular scheduling.

Dr. Barish pointed out that the new system does have a downside, but reminded the audience that "there's no perfect schedule," and that "there's always a give for a get." He added that with the new system, "We're further along than where we were in terms of course offerings and the new graduation requirements." He then presented a list of related issues compiled by the committee which need to be addressed. It reads as follows:

  • the need for staff development to help teachers adjust lessons to the new meeting pattern.

  • the need to address the minimum and maximum number of courses required.

  • what to do about students who take the minimum number of courses and consequently have additional unstructured time.

  • science classes and physical education classes will lost time in the new schedule.

  • staff may increase as a result of students being able to get their elective choices.

  • cafeteria service may need to be expanded to accommodate students with 25 minutes for lunch.

The new scheduling format will be implemented for the September 1998 school year.

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