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PHS students pitch their anti-hybrid schedule sentiments to school board

March 20, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM

Citizen editor

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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5 Responses to PHS students pitch their anti-hybrid schedule sentiments to school board

  1. klj10 on March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    i was one of the walkers and i just want to say that the hybrid schedule is so bad i am going to be home schooled in know that i will not be able to cooperate with this schedule

  2. TRW on March 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    “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.

    My question: where do these things get posted? Perhaps, more people would come if they were posted somewhere informative, accessible, and more talk was created. We can’t be informed if we don’t know…

  3. Student on March 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I am a student who did not participate in the walkout. I don’t know why everyone is so opposed to something we have never tried before. The hybrid schedule is supposed to help us in areas we struggle with. I would really enjoy extra help.

  4. BB on March 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I think education is the key to any change. And many students and parents lack the knowledge to make informed decisions or comments about many different types of schedules.
    Hybrid schedule in theory is great. In practice at Preston High might be a different story. Current staffing at the high school will not allow the schedule to be implemented as intended.

  5. BB on March 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Clarification: More teachers would be needed to make the schedule work in its ideal form.

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