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Hays High class schedule set for upcoming school year

8/5/2013

By JUDY SHERARD

By JUDY SHERARD

jsherard@dailynews.net

The Hays High School schedule will have the same times and structure as last year, with a couple of notable differences.

Students will enroll in seven academic periods total this year and have one study period on either a maroon or gold day. Last year, students had eight academic periods and no study period.

Students "had to pick up that extra class, and most of the kids didn't like that very much because it just added more workload," Hays USD 489 Board of Education President Greg Schwartz said of the 2012-13 schedule.

The warning bell will sound at 8:03 a.m., with classes beginning at 8:08 a.m. and ending at 3:12 p.m. There are four 86-minute class periods each day, and academic classes meet on alternating days -- known as maroon and gold.

A 40-minute seminar period is from 11:10 to 11:50 a.m. each day.

The seminar allows students to get additional help from teachers in specific subject areas, Hays High Principal Marty Straub said.

The third period of each day, from 11:55 a.m. to 1:41 p.m., includes a 20-minute lunch. The fourth period is from 1:46 p.m. to 3:12 p.m.

Teachers will have one 86-minute planning period a day. Besides academic assignments, some teachers also will oversee a study period.

A new schedule was proposed and tentatively agreed upon during negotiations between USD 489 administrators and board of education and the Hays-NEA bargaining unit.

Since those negotiations haven't been completed, teachers are working under last year's contract and last year's Hays High class schedule.

Straub said class schedules sometimes take months to do. Hays High and district eighth-grade students pre-enrolled in the spring, and assistant principal Tom Albers built the first schedule on that information.

Administrators and counselors used Albers' schedule as a model for the revisions needed to cut students' academic load while following last year's contract.

"It's important to do the best we can to base it on student needs and requests," Straub said.