NA school board considers an eight-period day

An eight-period school day may become a reality for students at New Albany High School in the 2011-2012 school year.

New Albany High School Principal Lance Evans came before the New Albany School Board Monday night  to discuss this issue.
He said, “Since I have been principal at the high school, I have been looking at ways in which we could change things at the school.”
Evans said that one of the reasons for this addition of an extra period is to allow students more time to study and get tutoring help. “Our strongest area of need is in Subject Area Testing Program, especially in Biology I and 10th grade English,” Evans said.
He conducted a Power Point presentation for the board members, superintendent, assistant superintendent, and various visitors.
Evans listed eight reasons for the advantages of NAHS going to an eight-period school day.

The following are the advantages he posed:

  • Two-hour block for English II and Biology I
  • Would align Union County and NAHS schedules
  • Would align NAMS and NAHS schedules
  • Allows for a common departmental planning time
  • Allows for more electives to be added (such as an ACT Prep class and/or Reading classes for struggling students)
  • More flexibility in student schedules
  • Allows for easier scheduling of Career and Tech classes
  • Would allow for extra period off for department heads to assist in teacher development

Evans is proposing two schedules. Both schedules have the first bell to class at 7:40 a.m. The first schedule proposes school to end at 3:22 p.m. and the classes are 50 minutes long. The second schedule proposes school to end at 3:12 p.m. and those classes would be 47 minutes long. Currently, NAHS has seven periods and school ends at 2:58 p.m.
“Maybe the solution would be something in the middle to accommodate transportation/bus routes,” said Evans. “ NAES and NAMS times would not change, but possibly the buses would just pick up NAHS students last.”
He said that he has talked to some of the teachers at the high school and they like the idea.
Dr. Jason Dees, school board member, suggested that the board discuss the possibility of pushing the school day forward and students starting school later in the day. He also posed the question of the school considering block scheduling.
The board decided to peruse the information that Evans presented and talk about all of these concerns in further detail at a non-regularly-scheduled meeting that will be held on March 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the New Albany School District Administration Office.