NOW:53092:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
41°
H 41° L 32°
Clear | 14MPH

Board approves trimesters for Homestead

School Board votes for 2012-'13 change despite petition for delay

July 18, 2011

Mequon - Despite a petition of 500 signatures asking for a delay, the Mequon-Thiensville School Board voted unanimously Monday to move ahead with a switch to a trimester schedule at Homestead High School.

The proposed change would switch the district's only high school from a schedule where teachers are in the classroom six out of seven classes per day to a schedule where they teach four out of five possible classes.

Mequon-Thiensville is addressing an issue that could become more common in public schools, as school boards looking to save money in any way they can consider squeezing more class hours into teachers' workdays at the expense of prep time.

The change will go into effect for the 2012-'13 school year.

A study team began studying schedule alternatives in September as a result of negotiations with the teachers union over the 2009-'11 contract, Superintendent Demond Means said. The current schedule was put in place to save money, but there was no analysis on possible effects on education.

The study team found only a handful of school districts in Wisconsin use a trimester scheduling system in high school. Although all members of the study team created to explore schedule options supported the proposal and 90% of voting faculty were in favor of it, the proposal has created controversy.

Advocates of the change say it would fix a schedule that leaves teachers in front of a classroom for 86% of their day, which they say doesn't leave them enough time for course planning or one-on-one time with students. They now only have 50 minutes per day scheduled for these activities. They also say it would provide students with more interactive classes.

Opponents worry about learning gaps that could occur between trimesters and wonder why a drastic change is needed if Homestead is a top-performing school.

In a letter to the community, Means wrote "the conclusion that the status quo is fine and therefore we should not change is contrary to the message of continuous improvement our parents are seeking from the school district. Instead of being complacent, the administration is seeking to further enhance an already good academic product."

In late June, a petition signed by 500 people was submitted to the School Board asking that Monday's vote be postponed until Oct. 25 and that the board provide more evidence on trimesters' effectiveness while increasing communication within the school district.

"The complexity that comes with developing public policy is that it is nearly impossible to achieve 100% acceptance for any proposal. The fact of the matter is that policy should be developed based on research, organizational objectives and what is best for the future of the organization," Means wrote.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» New car dealership proposed in Glendale 4/15

» Bay girls win 10 events to repeat as North Shore indoor track champs 4/10

» Fox Point to replace footbridge after years of debate 4/9

» Modern restaurant will anchor Mequon Town Center 4/9

» Mequon, Weickardt reach deal on River Club subdivision 4/9

» Bay and Homestead tie for North Shore boys track title 4/8

» Shorewood Metro Market work could start by September 4/8

» Nines in Mequon switches from small plates to steaks under a new format 4/7

» Ronn Johnson's death ruled suicide 4/7

» Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen to run for Pasch Assembly seat 4/7

» Whitefish Bay pays $138,000 in exchange for village manager resignation 4/4

» Rep. Sandy Pasch won't seek re-election 4/4

» Ex-Shorewood school secretary sentenced for stealing $310,000 4/3

» Dickman wins write-in bid for Fox Point-Bayside School Board 4/3

» Spring 2014 North Shore election roundup 4/2

» Engineering for Kids brings basics of science to North Shore youth 4/2

» OWI suspect tells Cedarburg police: 'Nobody can do these tests' 4/2

» Symchych and McGauran hold off write-in bid to win Fox Point Village Board seats 4/2

» Pukaite upsets Ashmore with successful write-in bid for Mequon District 2 seat 4/1

» Serebin defends, Demet claims seat on Whitefish Bay Village Board 4/1

» Siegel narrowly defends Whitefish Bay presidency from challenger O'Connor 4/1

» Gierl claims Mequon District 5 spot 4/1

» Incumbents Williams and Griffin hold seats on Brown Deer School Board 4/1

» Boschert defends, Awe claims seat on Brown Deer Village Board 4/1

» Buzzell and Francour claim seats on Mequon-Thiensville School Board 4/1

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Local Business Directory

CONNECT