The Clay Community Classroom Teacher's Association, although reluctant at first about the change, have created a seven-period day proposal of their own in an effort to elevate the students' problems with scheduling.
Students will meet the 360-minute day requirements by having seven 50-minute periods available for class options.
Students will have an additional period to schedule one of the 490 available classes to meet the stricter CORE 40 graduation requirements implemented by the state.
There will be a greater opportunity for students to select classes that fit CORE 40 standards, vocational program requirements and dual credit requirements while allowing them the freedom to participate in band, chorus or another elective activity, but there will not be any new classes to choose from.
Smaller class sizes could be created because students would have another option during the day to take a popular class, choose an additional available course or participate in an instructional lab or study hall.
To accommodate this new schedule proposed by the corporation the school day would need to be extended approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
While allowing students more schedule time, the teachers will maintain the 490 class options now available for students during the seven-period day without losing or hiring additional staff at either school.
Teachers will continue to have a preparation period, teach five classes and then create a "working pool" during the seventh open period during a school day.
Teachers involved in the working pool period will cover the duties of instructional assistants lost through attrition, any need for substitute teachers in a classroom or fill the voids from absences, retirees or staff members who quit during a school year. (It's a plan that the teachers say will save the financially strapped corporation a $100,000 without losing any staff members.)
Teachers will not have an additional set of students to prepare for, instruct and/or grade papers for during a day.
Information provided by the Clay Community Classroom Teachers' Association President Russ True.