Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BOE delays schedule change talks

Well, that didn't last long.

The Knox County Schools Board of Education will take up the matter of changing high schools students' schedules - at a later date.

That was the decision made at Monday's mid-month work session, where board members discussed high school block scheduling.

All of the district's high schools currently operate under a block scheduling format of some type, which consists of four 90-minute classes per day.

A more traditional schedule could save the district money, according to a third party company called the Parthenon Group. After conducting a "Smarter Spending Plan" study on Knox County Schools several years ago, the Parthenon Group recommended changing the schedule as a way to save money.
The more traditional schedule would consist of seven classes of 45 minutes each.

While the move could save the district millions of dollars - estimated between $6 million and $8 million - it would likely result in the loss of teaching jobs through attrition and layoffs.

Rest of story RIGHT HERE.

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