LTUSD extends 4-by-4 class schedule
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to extend the 4-by-4 schedule for the South Tahoe High School 2008-09 school year.
The schedule consists of eight classes per school year, with four blocks every day. When the schedule was implemented, the board agreed to review it after two years.
“It’d be a huge impact moving from one schedule to another,” said STHS Principal Ivone Larson, explaining the board’s decision.
The board will look at the 2009-10 school year for a possible change, Larson said.
“It’s already too late for next year,” said STHS counselor Michelle Reilly. “Time has already moved.”
Reilly said she wasn’t tied to the 4-by-4 schedule, but for planning purposes, teachers wouldn’t have time to rewrite their curriculums fast enough for the coming school year.
About 10 people attended the school board meeting, and approximately six parents spoke before the board.
Douglas Smith, the father of an STHS sophomore, wanted the board to delay the decision for 30 days. He said a subcommittee should be formed to evaluate the schedule, and volunteered his time for it.
Parent Harold Singer said his children weren’t attending high school yet. He said he’s heard negative and positive feedback from people in the same family about the schedule.
“Maybe one size doesn’t fit all,” Singer said, adding that not everyone could be pleased.
He said he thought it was misleading for the board to review the schedule after two years, because it would have only one year of data on which to base its decision. Data from the current school year can’t be evaluated until August.
Board member Angela Swanson said that at the time the 4-by-4 schedule was implemented, the board thought it could make that decision, but in hindsight, it was naive.
Superintendent James Tarwater recommended the board continue the schedule for next year but form a committee to evaluate the schedule as soon as possible.
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