LEWISBURG — Skeptics have again criticized proposed school day changes for Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School.
Jennifer Coughlin, a district resident who addressed the last meeting of the Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) Board of Trustees, said the proposed changes were premature given the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.
Coughlin asked the board to vote no on staffing assignments that support the proposed schedule changes.
“Music ensembles will have to put in a lot of time to accommodate this proposal,” Coughlin said. “For many students, musical ensembles are the best part of their day.”
Kenneth Zook pointed out the irony that the board honored all of the state’s music students the same night the revised school day was a news item on the agenda.
“We have to prioritize that because ‘reps’ are important,” Zook told the board. “The number of cumulative hours spent is directly proportional to the success (of students) later in their musical career.”
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer A. Baugh previously noted that changes were being proposed to give equal attention to all subjects, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
Materials attached to an online agenda for the board meeting suggested 45-minute blocks of sets, three times per schedule day cycle for grades 6, 7, and 8.
In a 12-day cycle of schedule days, students from three sets would meet four times per cycle and would have 2,700 minutes per set per school year. Students from two ensembles would meet five times in a 12-day cycle and record 3,375 minutes per ensemble per year.
Textbooks and titles for school libraries were presented for consideration by the board.
They included “They Called Us Enemy”, by George Takei. Best known for his role in the original cast of Star Trek, Takei’s memoir focuses on his family’s experience in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. Use in Grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA) has been proposed.
“I Survived the American Revolution, 1776” by Lauren Tarshis was on the list of candidates for the fifth-grade ELA and social studies. The 2017 historical fiction offered a young person’s perspective on the independence movement and was part of the author’s well-received “I Survived” series.
Other grade level titles and considerations included “Abuelo and the Three Bears” (Jerry Tello), “The Boxcar Children” (Gertrude Chandler Warner), and “I Love Saturdays and Domingos” (Alma Flor Ada) for Elementary English , kindergarten through fifth grade.
Staff moves approved by the board included the transfer of Larissa Minium, a food service worker, from Lewisburg-area high school to college.
Evan Aikey has been approved, effective Tuesday, May 31, as a substitute caretaker for summer students at the rate of $12.30 per hour.
Extra-compensatory contracts have been approved for ninth-grade class counselor Michael Creeger ($1,700) and high school forensic counselor Sydney Edwards ($1,158).