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Posted on Apr 30, 2015

High school could see seven-period day

Quincy High School principal David Talley brought a proposal to the school board on Tuesday to move to a seven-period day.
QHS currently operates under a six-period schedule. The additional period would allow for classes to meet daily, add more class choices for students and give students a more flexible schedule. It also would allow QHS to prepare for the upcoming CORE 24 directive.
CORE 24, which will be a graduation requirement for 2019 students, adds one fine arts credit, one world language credit and an additional science credit to the current state requirements for graduation.
“A six-period day is just too short,” said Talley. “This is going to boost our ability to offer electives.”
The downside to an expanded schedule means there would be six minutes less time per class, an addititional class for students and more classes for teachers. Talley garnered support from the superintendent toward the move to a seven-period day.
“My recommendation is to move forward with the seven-period schedule,” said Superintendent John Boyd. “It aligns us quicker with CORE 24.”
A straw vote of the board shows four of the five smembers in favor, as well as Mireya Camacho, a student board representative.
“Personally I would like to see it next year,” said the senior. “My sister is a freshman. I prefer it to be in next year, so they can practice it.”
No decision was made at the meeting. Boyd said high school counselors are in a holding pattern with the master schedule until the board takes action. Most area high schools already follow the seven-period schedule.
In other business, maintenance supervisor Tom Harris said the newly formed facilities committee continues to narrow down a list of potential construction projects that would help deal with student growth. The favored projects combined would cost taxpayers an additional $1.59 per $1,000 of assessed property value, Harris said.
A public meeting, when the committee will present its recommendations, has not yet been scheduled. It’s expected to happen in early June.


— By Kurtis J. Wood,