Class schedule changes for 2019-20 reviewed

School day returning to 3:30 Friday dismissals; closed campus to 9th grade being considered

    With a desire for class scheduling at Chase County Schools to be more long-term and consistent, principals presented proposed class schedule changes for 2019-20 at the June 11 board meeting.
    7-12 Principal Jon Lechtenberg presented a tentative high school schedule, while both he and K-6 Principal Becky Odens also touched on some proposals for grade 5-8.
    Next year’s high school schedule eliminates the 2:30 p.m. early-outs on Fridays, and returns to the 3:30 p.m. dismissals five days a week. Supt. Randy Klooz said that recommendation came after visiting with staff and developing the K-12 schedule.
    “We have staff on both sides of the issue; some liked it some didn’t,” Supt. Klooz said of the 2:30 early-outs.
    In the end, Klooz said the administration recommends a consistent five-day schedule for the best educational outcome.
    Principal Lechtenberg added this week that the early-outs often played havoc with the Friday schedule, especially in the elementary grades.
    Administration and the board’s policy committee will be looking at eliminating open campus at lunchtime for freshmen, as well.
    Klooz said the open campus that has been in place includes freshmen, most of whom do not have driver’s licenses.
    “I feel allowing this is putting them in a bad situation,” he said, noting in most cases their licenses, if they have them, allow driving to and from home.
    Since it’s policy, the board committee will evaluate it with administration, he said.
    The board will discuss it at their July meeting.
    “It really came down to that most of them don’t have driver’s licenses,” he said. “I do feel I need to bring things to you (board) that maybe are not quite right,” he said.  

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