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The Bend La Pine School Boardroom is sure to be a busy place over the next couple of months. First, it was disagreement over re-drawing the middle school boundaries, now it's over class periods.  More that 70 people and more than half of those were students, packed the boardroom last night. Jackson Ward is from Summit High School: “Ultimately, we are the ones being affected. If we are not being looked at as the chief concern regarding this, what are we really accomplishing in creating a better school system.” Ward says right now classes have an hour and 17-minutes for PE and labs in a "block" schedule, the new seven period schedule will mean shortened instruction time. He is concerned students will have to do more work at home. Ward says the Board should listen to students before they decide on adopting a new schedule. Parent Ranae McGain had several questions for the Board: “Why is it okay to make sweeping changes without input from the parents, the teachers, the students, and the community.” Superintendent Ron Wilkinson says the District is facing a $16-million budget shortfall and a seven period schedule will stretch teacher's schedules and keep class sizes at 35 students.

 

 

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