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Columbia County school budget passes unanimously

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:05 PM
Last updated Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:53 AM
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The Columbia County Board of Education unanimously approved the county’s 2014-15 budget of just under $187 million at Tuesday’s meeting.

The quick approval came after the budget received tentative approval at a previous meeting and was scrutinized and tweaked leading up to Tuesday.

The budget will allow schools to hire additional teachers and have smaller class sizes. In elementary school, the smaller class sizes will be seen in first grade, third grade and fifth grade.

“For the first time in I can’t tell you how many years, the state has finally been able to give us enough money,” said District 3 school board representative Mike Sleeper. “They’re not cutting us this year. It’s strange territory, it hasn’t happened in a long time.”

A change in the number of periods for high schools will also pay dividends.

“We’re going with the seven-period day in high schools so all core classes in high schools will be at or below state class sizes,” Sleeper said.

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corgimom
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corgimom 06/10/14 - 08:50 pm
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I thought they were on block

I thought they were on block scheduling because that was supposed to be "better".

Remember when they were touting all of the wonderful benefits of block scheduling?

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Barry Paschal 06/10/14 - 09:59 pm
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Block scheduling

The Columbia County system has never been on block scheduling.

mybaskett
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mybaskett 06/10/14 - 10:37 pm
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Block scheduling

I think that was Lucy C. Laney on block scheduling.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/11/14 - 09:30 am
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Enough

From the story:

“. . . the state has finally been able to give us enough money,” said District 3 school board representative Mike Sleeper. “They’re not cutting us this year. It’s strange territory, it hasn’t happened in a long time.”

It's really not that strange, Mr. Sleeper. Governor Deal had a primary opponent who is the state school superintendent. That's why you got the money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/11/14 - 09:34 am
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Seven Periods

If they go from six periods to seven periods and they do not extend the school day by the length of one period, then where is the gain? They get an extra period, but the length of the periods gets shortened.

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Spywriter 06/11/14 - 03:13 pm
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@Little Lamb RE:Seven Periods

All CC high schools have been operating on a 7 period day with one of the periods being an 'achievement period' for enrichment activities or academic support (i.e., a study hall for us old timers). This period was a non-credit opportunity for students. This new 7th period concept will allow this period to become formal part of the day and allow students to pursue additional academic credit for graduation.

Source: Letter regarding 7th period changes sent to Evans High School parents found on the BoEd's website under "news":
http://www.edline.net/files/_ybHmE_/d2d9c106af64cda03745a49013852ec4/7pe...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/11/14 - 03:59 pm
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Seven

Thanks, Spywriter, for the clarification. Study Hall was my favorite class.

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jennieb62287 06/11/14 - 04:46 pm
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Calling power period a

Calling power period a "seventh period" is ridiculous. It's like 25 minutes and it's not even every day. It's just a time for us to relax and for teachers to have time for extra planning. Most of the year, we don't even have it.

Source: I've been going to CC high schools for 4 years. I know what I'm talking about.

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