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AHS decides against schedule

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen High will not alter its class schedule for the 2003-04 school year, Principal Kendall Evans said Monday.

The AHS class schedule committee presented a list of proposed changes to the Aspen School Board last month in their ongoing attempt to “improve instructional delivery,” Evans told the board. These changes included shortening classes from 90 minutes to 70 minutes, allowing students to see more teachers each day. It also called for the elimination of the “free period” that provides freshmen and sophomores an extra hour and a half of unsupervised time each school day.

Many students protested the proposed changes, worrying that the loss of a free period would translate to a loss of study time. Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program were especially concerned, claiming that they would “practically suffocate” if forced to take honor-level classes without a study hall. Many students attended a school board meeting last month to present a petition, signed by nearly 400 of their peers, in opposition to the schedule change.

The schedule committee promised to take these student concerns into consideration as they continued to study the proposed changes. The group decided to poll AHS students and faculty in late March to gauge the impact of possible changes.

AHS teachers seemed split on the schedule, Evans told the school board during its Monday meeting. While many teachers favored change, others hoped to ease into the 2003-04 school year without a schedule upheaval.

“They asked us to wait – ‘Let us start with something comfortable that we know,'” Evans said.

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However, teachers did not rule out the possibility of reintroducing this “rolling schedule” at a later date, Evans said.

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