District names new-schedule impact areas

By on October 15, 2010

by David Maas
KANELAND—Kaneland School District’s director of educational services Erika Schlichter presented the School Board a report Tuesday naming specific areas that the planned high-school schedule change from four-block to eight-period days next year will impact.

“We are going to stay focused on the things that are the most important,” Schlichter said.

Those areas of impact are School Board policy, the high school handbook, operational schedule details, curriculum, collective negotiations, and finances.

The board will learn more from district staff in the future about the impact of the scheduling change. On Monday, Oct. 25, staff will discuss the impact on one of the impact areas, the operational schedule. They will see a draft of the schedule that Kaneland administrators produced.

Board members on Tuesday expressed some concern with the new scheduling, including athletes leaving early for sporting events and the increased number passing periods possibly leading to more behavioral issues.

Schlichter reassured the board that these issues have been the topic of staff discussion, and the district will implement the best actions to ensure students’ well-being.

“The board appreciates all the work being put into this,” Board President Cheryl Krauspe said. “We know it’s a lot of work.”