Thursday, March 23, 2006
The new plan comes on the heels of widespread opposition to his previous proposal, which included three shorter lunches, and his discussions with students and staff about their doubts and suggestions.
The new schedule plan is shown below:
"Over the past four weeks, as I sought input from staff, parents, and students, I heard concerns expressed repeatedly regarding the 3-lunches...that seemed to be the major area of concern for all groups," Montoya said in an email announcing the amended schedule proposal. "The new and improved schedule takes into account and addresses those concerns," he wrote.
Features of the new schedule plan include:
•Two lunches instead of three lunches in which the students are grouped by house.
•The last lunch starts at 12:10 p.m, and ends at 12:48 p.m., which addresses concerns expressed regarding the previous plan regarding the third lunch that would have started at 1:19p.m.
•Each lunch in the schedule is a little longer than in the 3-lunch schedule, giving students a total of 45 minutes from the time they leave one class, go to lunch, and have to be seated in the next class. However, the lunches are shorter than this year because, at 54 minutes each, more time is dedicated to classes.
•"Underlapping" lunches 16-minute break between Lunch A and Lunch B in order to discourage double-lunching.
Montoya said the recently announced Logan Site Plan Tactic Teams, which are charged with developing plans for Smaller Learning Communities, will continue to examine ways to group students to achieve those smaller learning groups.
Although Montoya is soliciting feedback on his plan, he said in the email announcement that it "is the schedule I plan to implement for 2006-2007."
He has called for a "a voluntary faculty/staff meeting at 3:10pm on Monday, March 27, in The Spot to review the schedule, listen to input, and answer any questions regarding the schedule.
Logan must change its schedule in order to increase the amount of time students spend in class in order to comply with state education law, Montoya has said.