Pasco district leaders examine secondary schedule options
In pondering ways to save money, the Pasco School Board considered requiring all middle and high school teachers to instruct all six class periods.
With protests from teachers mounting, the board did not implement the idea, which was projected to cut costs by about $12 million. But board members made clear that the idea might return for 2011-12 if the economy does not rebound.
In preparation for the next year's budget talks, top district administrators have begun examining the many scheduling options available for secondary schools to cut costs amid continued poor economic times. The scenarios include having teachers teach six periods out of six or six periods out of seven in an eight-hour day, and also six periods of six in a 7.5-hour day.
"There are some things you could do that would save a lot of money," assistant superintendent Jim Davis said. "But is it going to be the best instructionally?"
Davis and the team listed pros and cons to each concept, along with sample schedules and contract issues that might arise. They delivered the draft documents to superintendent Heather Fiorentino for consideration without any recommendation. This topic has come up at Fiorentino's school budget presentations that are ongoing, so look for it to be the subject of conversation for months to come.