UNION COUNTY — Monday evening’s school board meeting included information regarding Union County High School’s class schedule.
Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall was asked about progress in regard to class schedules at Union County High School in the coming year.
Changes to the schedule are an effort for the school to be in compliance with State Board of Education regulation 43-205, which states that no teacher is permitted to teach more than 1,500 minutes weekly, which translates to 25 hours of student/teacher face-to-face instruction. The schedule also must ensure the school’s compliance with State Board regulation 43-234, which states that “the instructional day for secondary students is at least six hours a day or its equivalent weekly, excluding lunch periods.”
For the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, UCHS requested waivers — as encouraged by State Superintendent Dr. Mick Zais — because of issues with the schedule, which was not in compliance with the state regulations.
The district is currently working on a modified block schedule, which would be a compromise between traditional and block scheduling. Courses in the modified schedule will be year-round, so a student would not have the first level of a class in the fall of one year, and then the second level in the spring of the next year, creating a considerable learning gap. The A/B schedule will consist of a 90-minute year-round every-other-day schedule combined with year-round daily 45-minute classes in some grades or subjects such as those for 9th and 10th graders.
Woodall said Director of Technology Tim Barnado and Director of Technology Integration Jay Childers have been working to resolve schedule conflicts, and they are down to around 100 conflicts, which is the least number of conflicts thus far.
“We are about at our typical number of conflicts for this time of year,” Woodall said.
Woodall also said the 45-minute classes in the schedule are limited to 9th and 10th grades.
Monday evening’s meeting also included a presentation from Finance Director Lynn Lawson, addressing the district budget, the approval of a 2 percent supplement for a specified group of hourly or non-exempt support staff, and a discussion of fuel expenses. Look for more information regarding Lawson’s presentation in Wednesday’s edition of The Union Daily Times.