By Katie Abdilla
GRAND LEDGE – Grand Ledge High School soon will undergo some scheduling changes to accommodate more students, according to Superintendent Brian Metcalf.
This fall, the Grand Ledge Board of Education decided to open up schedule change opportunities, potentially phasing out the current system of semesters and incorporating trimesters in its place.
Although the typical school day would remain capped at seven hours, Metcalf said the start of classes could potentially move to later in the day. He said more electives, meaning shorter time frames per class, could be incorporated as well.
A survey on options will be made available in November for students and faculty to give their opinions.
Among many issues, board members discussed the effect of changes on students enrolled in college-level or online courses. Trustee Linda Wacyk said it’s important for board members to consider schedules that fall outside of the norm.
“I’m not sure we need to assume every student’s day is seven hours,” Wacyk said at Monday’s school board meeting. “It all depends on how they prefer to structure it.”
Wacyk also said students who wish obtain their high school diploma before the expected four-year mark need to be factored into the decision. Metcalf said it isn’t necessary to hold students back for the required four years if they should decide to move on early and meet the requirements for graduation.
“If their goal is to graduate in three, three-and-a-half years, I’m not sure it’s really important to have them stay for four years of high school just for the experience,” he said. “All those options are on the table.”
Trustee Sara Clark Pierson also suggested incorporating a “zero hour” to combat the high level of traffic near Grand Ledge High School around the time of the start of classes.
A voting time on the scheduling changes is yet to be determined.