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7-period day stymies teacher contract talks

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

- Part two of a three-part series on contract talks between teachers and Clay Community Schools

Efforts of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees, the Clay Community School Corporation and the Clay Community Classroom Teachers' Association to reach an agreement about a seven-period day have come to a halt.

Indiana Code states that high school students have a daily minimum of 360 minutes of instructional time.

The Northview and Clay City high schools are presently on six-period school days.

Students have six 55-minute class periods to fill with one of the 490 courses made available through the current teaching staff at the high school level.

Teachers provide instructional time in the classroom during five class periods and have one preparation period during the school day.

Because of this six-period schedule many students find it difficult to meet the ever increasing graduation requirements by the state, have variety in their class schedule and participate in elective courses and extracurricular activities.

Both sides agree that something needs to be done about class scheduling, and have created their own ideas of how to successfully accomplish creating a seven-period day for students, but disagree on the implementation of the plan where teachers are considered.

To accommodate either of these proposed new schedules the school day would need to be extended approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

In an effort to increase public understanding of the matter, the board has requested a presentation of the facts as an agenda item during the next Clay Community School Board of Trustee's meeting this Thursday at the North Clay Media Center at 7:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: This the second in a series of in-depth series about the main issues during the two-year collective bargaining process between the Clay Community School Board of Trustee's and the Clay Community Classroom Teachers' Association. Tomorrow: The insurance debate.

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