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Recommendation: Hold off on schedule change for Summit High

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit School District’s administrative team recommended Tuesday that Summit High School hold off on making major changes to its class schedule.

The recommendation came in the midst of the school district’s ongoing budget discussions aimed at cutting about $809,000 from operating expenses for next school year.

Changes to the high school’s schedule were among a list of dozens of proposed budget cuts. District officials have estimated they could save $226,000 by modifying the schedule in a way that would reduce planning time for teachers and require fewer teachers overall.

Currently, the high school runs on a “block schedule” of eight total class periods, with four periods in a given day. In other words, each class meets every other day. A year ago, a task force began examining whether the block schedule was the best way to deliver instruction.

Because the high school and Summit Middle School share some staff, any change at the high school level would necessitate changes in the middle school schedule also.

Given the tremendous level of planning necessary to reorganize the master schedule of the district’s two largest schools – and the considerable impacts to instruction – administrators felt that such a change would be too rushed for the 2010-2011 school year.

“The administrative team is recommending that the middle school and high school look at the schedule, but that they do it next year so it can be done thoughtfully for the 2011-2012 school year,” superintendent Millie Hamner said.

The Summit Board of Education will meet from 1-4:30 p.m. today in the district’s central offices for detailed budget discussions, including proposed changes to the schools’ schedules.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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