School planning longer classes seeks network with others

June 02, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Creating a school day with four classes instead of six is such a new idea, only a handful of other schools in Maryland, including Chesapeake High School, will be trying it this fall.

"It's catching on around the country like wildflowers," said Shirley Hicks, director of county senior high schools. "We're trying to start a network with the other schools so that we can start learning from each other."

The network is one of the developments that will be presented to the school board at its meeting today.

Students at Chesapeake High have already started picking what classes they will take next fall, and teachers are busy working on new lesson plans for the longer periods they will have to teach.

"We don't want to be floundering out there all alone," said Principal Harry Calender. "We want to network so we don't make mistakes other schools have made."

The proposed network would include three Frederick County schools, including Thomas Johnson High, and schools in Baltimore, Carroll and Queen Anne's counties.

School board members also will review the selection of schools to participate in the Chapter One program, which provides help to students who need an extra boost in their early school years.

The county is budgeted to have a total of 16 schools participating in the Chapter One program -- at a total cost of about $4.5 million.

The public elementary schools that will receive money from the program are Annapolis, Freetown, Georgetown East, Germantown, Harman, Hillsmere, Hilltop, Jessup, Marley, Park, Parole, Rolling Knolls, Tyler Heights and Van Bokkelen.

Two private schools -- Arthur Slade Regional and St. Mary's Elementary -- also will receive money from the federal program.

Among the other items on the board's agenda today is a proposal to build an instructional building at Arlington Echo, the county's outdoor education facility.

The plan submitted to the school board by Russell J. Heyde, coordinator of outdoor education, calls for county vocational education students to build the shell of the 3,500-square-foot building within five weeks this summer at an estimated cost of $46,000.

Most of that money will come from funds raised through T-shirt sales.

In the fall, Mr. Heyde says he will seek permission to spend $250,000 in the 1995 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 1994, to complete the project, which includes construction of another 1,500-square-foot building.

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