Seven pe­riod stake­holder con­cerns

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS -

Casey Young, at­ten­dance su­per­vi­sor for the Cherokee County School Sys­tem, dis­cusses more stake­holder con­cerns dur­ing a re­cent Pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the Cherokee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. Casey is on a com­mit­tee that is look­ing at pos­si­bly chang­ing from the block sched­ule back to the tra­di­tional seven-pe­riod day for teach­ers and stu­dents.

Home­work will in­crease/dou­ble

Course­work is for en­tire year in­stead of one se­mes­ter

Classes meet­ing daily equals more days to cover con­cepts Chunk­ing Block -First se­mes­ter: 124.5 hours per class -Sec­ond se­mes­ter:1 41 hours per class

Seven pe­riod day: 153.4 hours per class

How­ever, time al­lowed for home­work in class sub­tracts ap­prox­i­mately 30 hours from the block sched­ule Less time for labs

Classes meet­ing year- round will have ap­prox­i­mately 24 ad­di­tional days added to the sched­ule per class, al­low­ing time for labs to be built into the sched­ule.

Sched­ul­ing flex­i­bil­ity can al­low for lab elec­tives or dou­ble-blocks for labs

The block sched­ule pre­pares stu­dents for col­lege

Typ­i­cal col­lege classes meet for 50 min­utes three days a week.

Some classes are 75-90 min­utes but only meet twice a week. Fewer credit re­cov­ery op­tions

Credit re­cov­ery time can be built in sched­ule for stu­dents at­tend­ing the ca­reer tech cen­ter. Stu­dents may ro­tate through credit re­cov­ery class un­til com­plete.

Time can be taken from elec­tives to re­cover cred­its lost from core classes Grades will get worse - Seven pe­ri­ods will al­low for con­tin­u­ous re­view of con­tent

-Small bites of cur­ricu­lum re­in­force­ment of con­tent en­hances mas­tery of stan­dards

- More op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­sess knowl­edge Fewer elec­tives will ve of­fered - All stu­dents will have more elec­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties.

-Stu­dents re­ceiv­ing ser­vices for spe­cial needs will have more elec­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties. For ex­am­ple, on block- tran­si­tion classes are through pull out from cur­ricu­lum cour­ses. On seven pe­ri­ods, tran­si­tion elec­tives will be an op­tion. AP stu­dents will suf­fer -On the block sched­ule, you have half the nights and half the week- ends to read and pre­pare for ma­jor projects and end of course tests.

-Seven pe­ri­ods-Lessons will be more rig­or­ous be­cause you have pro­cess­ing time to dig deeper into the stan­dards. Ath­let­ics

State foot­ball cham­pi­ons 2017. -Seven Pe­riod-Hoover, Pied­mont, Beau­re­gard, Han­d­ley, Ram­say, Rome, Ge­or­gia.

-Block: Fyffe, Maplesville.

The Cherokee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has de­clared two pub­lic works projects for the Cherokee County School Sys­tem.

Dur­ing its Tues­day, March 7 meet­ing, the board ap­proved declar­ing the hood and fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem at Gaylesville School as a pub­lic works project and also ap­proved declar­ing the girls soft­ball dugout/ locker room at Cherokee County High School as a pub­lic works project.

The board ap­proved the Cen­er­gis­tic En­ergy Sav­ings Bud­get Amend­ment for Cedar Bluff School.

The board also ac­cepted Lawn Care Ser­vice Bid ITB# 17-11 for Cen­tre Ele­men­tary School from Four Sea­sons Lawn Ser­vice for $5,300.

In other busi­ness, the board:

- Ap­proved min­utes from the Feb. 23 meet­ing of the board.

-Re­ceived the Jan­uary 2017 Bank Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Cash Bal­ance and Fi­nan­cial Re­port.

- Re­viewed Ac­counts Payable for Fe­bru­ary 2017.

-Ap­proved out of state travel with stu­dents for Lisa Burt and the Sand Rock Var­sity cheer­lead­ers to at­tend the Uni­ver­sal Cheer­lead­ing Camp July 18-23, 2017 in Destin, Florida, at no ex­pense to the board.

-Ap­proved pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

The next meet­ing of the Cherokee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion is Tues­day, March 21, at 6 p.m., in the cen­tral of­fice.

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