Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin High to Stick to Its Schedule

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin High to Stick to Its Schedule

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The votes on schedules are in, and at least one Duval County high school principal is not pleased with the results.

"We pushed for a change but we didn't get it," said Mandarin High School Principal Milton Threadcraft. "It's unfortunate."

At each of the county's 17 high schools, teachers voted last month for the schedule of their choice for their school for the 1999-2000 school year. Decisions were finalized last week for all schools.

Faculties chose between block scheduling or a six-plus-one schedule.

Mandarin decided to stick with a six-plus-one plan, which offers six 55-minute classes with an optional seventh class after school. Thus, students can earn 24 credits in four years, which is the graduation requirement.

Faculties at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Wolfson High, Stanton College Preparatory School, Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology and A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology approved block scheduling.

With block scheduling, students take four 90-minute classes for the first nine weeks and another four classes the second nine weeks -- for a total of 32 possible credits in four years. Schools can also alter the schedule, offering four classes one day and four different classes the next day for the whole school year.

Block scheduling is already used at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Raines, Ed White, Andrew Jackson and Englewood high schools.

All other schools will stay with six-plus-one.

The traditional seven 50-minute classes were deemed too costly, and schools last year were forced to choose between the other two cheaper options.

The principal, most teachers and the school advisory council at Mandarin High were disappointed with the decision to maintain the six-plus-one schedule.

Threadcraft said he prefers block scheduling because it would allow students to take more electives and give them opportunities to retake classes they fail. …

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