By RODNEY D. BOAM
About 150 Preston High School Students walked out of class on Tuesday about 2:15 p.m. to protest a proposed hybrid schedule the Preston School Board would like to implement next fall. They trooped down State Street shouting their opposition to the proposed schedule change. But it was otherwise a peaceful march.
“There was an anonymous entry on Facebook about the walkout. I don’t know who sent it. We decided to join it,” said Catlin Elgan, a junior at PHS.
The controversial schedule has caused a riff between some aministrators and students at PHS for some time.
Elgan and friend Olivia Seamons stood before the trustees Tuesday night and presented a petition circulated by students. They also presented their objections and research they prepared concerning the proposed schedule.
The students said they came up with the petition on their own and it had nothing to do with any of their teachers. The also presented their findings in a faculty meeting prior to the school board meeting.
Every seat in the district office was filled and there was some standing against the wall to listen to the students. Elgan and Seamons gave some statistics and talked about another high school’s experience with a similar schedule. The found that the school they researched didn’t like it. They also presented some statistical information concerning the hours in class and required hours to graduate.
“I felt like they listened to us and understood what we were saying,” Elgan said.
District Trustee Chad Womack said he was impressed with Elgan and Seamons’ presentation and thanked them for their research.
Fred Titensor, the School Board Chair, told the girls he appreciated their efforts and had them give their petition to Superintendent Joel Wilson for review.
Titinsor explained the history behind the hybrid schedule, how the board asked for public input during the summer and had little. The proposed schedule was put together by committee of faculty members and parents who recommended the change.
“If we would have had this many people in our meeting this past summer it would have helped. We only had a few people attend our public meetings,” Titensor said.
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