Bay County high schools will go to 7-period schedule

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- A committee of parents, principals and students examined several different schedule options over the past couple months before deciding on the 7 period day over the current predominate 4-by-4 block schedule. Tuesday, board members agreed, but many students aren't too happy about the changes.

Mosley High Sophomore, Douglas Dick, is one of many students not looking forward to the new schedule.

“Seven periods a day, that means you know homework in seven classes and the work load practically doubles," said Douglas Dick, a student at Mosely High School.

Each class will be 45-50 minutes. Under the block schedule, students completed eight classes a year. Douglas is worried about earning one less credit.

"I try to get in as many dual enroll and AP classes as I can and losing a credit is just going to make it that much tighter," said Douglas Dick.

"There's savings to be made there and it's unfortunate. It's not really fair to students but we have so few options at this point," said Bay District Schools Superintendent, Bill Husfelt.

The change will save the district about $1.7 million dollars, eliminating 40 teaching positions through attrition.

"We have a turnover of 150 teachers every year and so instead of having 100 spots open next year, we are anticipating we'll only have 60," said Husfelt.

Teachers will also have to adapt, doubling the number of classes they lead a day, increasing their student load.

"A lot of my teachers have never taught on anything but a block schedule so it's going to be an adjustment as far as their timing, their pacing," said Mosely High Principal, Sandy Harris.

District staff still has a few details to work out before implementing the new schedule next fall.

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  • by Dewey Location: pcb on Oct 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM
    The Block Scheduling Means you had more time in one class it worked better but 7 classes a day means shorter time in the classroom of that subject. and yes you are gonna have more homework, test to study for, just to much. and less time to do this in class.
  • by Band Man on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    More time for music!!!!!
  • by Bec Location: PC on Oct 12, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    The kids will be and do just fine with this schedule. Everyone is making this out to be a bigger deal than it really is.
  • by J. on Oct 12, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    If you say children have too much on their plate, you, as a parent need to evaluate how many after-school activities your children are involved in.
  • by steve on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    This will mean 30 minutes less class time each day for the extra time needed just to change classes. 2.5 hours a week of lost instruction....bad idea.
  • by J. Location: PCB on Oct 12, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    I attended high school in Okaloosa County in the mid to late 90s, and we had 7 periods a day. I was in honors level classes, but I didn't have tons of homework every night. I earned all my credits for graduation. My friends were still able to take advanced placement courses and dual enrollment.
  • by Jennifer Location: PC on Oct 12, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    We had that when we were in school and we were able to do just fine. I aso think it will be less confusing
  • by MOTHER OF 3 Location: Panama City on Oct 11, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    I think are children have enough on there plates. How 1 day can they say we will only go to 4 days a week than add another period.... Can the school board get it together. Parents need to voice there opinions. Teachers we need more off- and this happens. Bay County School Board needs to get it together. I thought we all needed smaller class sizes and more staff. $$$$$$ Is on everyones mind but, education is key.
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      by George on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to MOTHER OF 3
      The amount of money thrown into education is inversely proportional to the results achieved. In other words, more work rather than more money is the answer.
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