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School Board Hears Concerns Regarding High School Schedule
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 • Posted August 1, 2012

During their July 23 meeting, the Mason I.S.D. Board heard from a large group of students, and several parents, expressing concern about a change in the class schedules.

The student group was comprised of members of the Student Council, and Rio Schmidt acted as spokesman for the group. He acknowledged the strengths of the block and traditional schedules; and, discussed their weaknesses. He offered that perhaps a compromise system might be called for in the case of Mason students.

He also explained that Mason has been using the block scheduling, offering one set of classes on Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and a different set of classes on Tuesday-Thursday. This is the scheduling method in use by most colleges. The traditional scheduling system has been used in the past by Mason and other schools, and involves the same classes being presented Monday through Friday. In the case of Mason I.S.D.'s proposal, that would be eight class units per day.

After the student presentation, two different parents, Dixie Drazan and Troy Ruffin, made their own presentations in support of the block schedule that Mason had been using up until this year. Both individuals questioned the input that went into making the scheduling change, and extolled the benefits of the block schedule system.

After the presentation, school board president Jeff Owen reminded the visitors that the presentations had been made during the public comment portion of the agenda. He also noted that discussion and/or action on the schedule was not on the agenda, and could not therefor be acted upon by the board at the current time.

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