Byline: Meghan Reilly
Homerooms, which debuted this year at Hersey, were not going to return next year because the 60 percent staff majority vote that was needed to keep them was missed by less than one percent.
A classroom teacher's contract states that "up to 1,500 minutes of direct instruction and/or student/program support" can be required of each teacher. The homeroom schedule in effect this year violates the contract by requiring most teachers to be responsible for 1,520 minutes per week.
To properly institute homerooms into the school day, a faculty vote was needed because it calls for a variance in the agreement of teacher contracts. The same vote that almost ended homerooms, was identical to the one that allowed their initiation into Hersey's program.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) committee, which handles issues regarding homerooms, has made the decision to continue homerooms next year - four days a week. Next year, homerooms will assemble Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every Thursday will be a late arrival day with a start time of 8:30 a.m. and no homerooms. The amount of time faculty members will spend in homerooms is within the contractual agreement.
Homerooms had many stated goals at their inception. Many teachers were frustrated with the amount of interruptions they had to endure during the course of one class period. Homerooms allow all student "business" to be addressed during this time. Handouts are now delivered during homerooms, any surveys that need to be taken are administered, and daily announcements are read.
Senior Larry Kane said, "I like homerooms because I have time to get my homework done."
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) committee designed homerooms to help students develop a relationship with at least one adult in the school. …