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Ophir school board considers shorter schedule

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By Kaela Schommer

At the Ophir School Board’s July meeting, many items were
discussed such as curriculum for the forthcoming year, budgets,
the new interim superintendent, scheduling and the school’s lack
of bus drivers.
The main point of discussion, as it has been in past meetings,
is what type of scheduling will be in place for the 2011-2012
school year. The board discussed the possibility of using 4-1
scheduling, with seven-period days Monday through Thursday,
and a four-period day on Friday. The other possibility is to
improve upon their current block schedule, where Mondays,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are four-period days with 90
minute classes, and Wednesday is an eight-period day with 45
minute classes. A change would be to move Wednesday’s schedule
to Friday.
The board decided that for the upcoming school year, students
will get out early (at 2:30 p.m.) on Friday rather than Wednesday.
They also approved possible teachers, including a new first grade
teacher, Nikki Rust and a new special education teacher Stevie
Aguilar. They found a new head coach for the new Lone Peak
High School football team, Tony Beardsley. The cross country
coach Cameron Johnson is returning for a third year.
The school board also approved the contract of Interim Superintendent
Jerry House who starts Aug. 1.
Changes are coming about for Ophir School District, and school
starts in five weeks. The next school board meeting is Aug. 16 at
4 p.m. in the Ophir School Library.

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