Dist. 203 Teachers Kill Plan to Rework High School Days
Johnson, Deborah, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Deborah Johnson Daily Herald Staff Writer
Plans to restructure the day at Naperville Central and Naperville North high schools are dead.
Fifty-three percent of the teachers at the two schools recently voted against "block scheduling."
Administrators believed they needed the support of 75 percent of the staff to continue looking at the proposal.
A block schedule would have meant fewer but longer classes each day, allowing students to pack a year's worth of material into a semester.
Circle these dates
Feel free to finalize your summer vacation plans.
After considerable debate, the Naperville Unit District 203 school board has decided the first day of classes next fall will be Aug. 27.
That puts the last day of school on June 6, 1997, a full five days after the June 1 graduation.
Board members had a hard time figuring out next year's calendar.
The proposed graduation date originally was June 8.
But high school students and their parents wanted to keep a long-standing tradition that allows seniors to get out of school before underclassmen.
Last month the board decided to keep the tradition but balked at approving a calendar until it could find out how many extra days off seniors typically have had in the past.
Fees on the rise
Fees for registration and participation in extracurricular activities are going up in District 203.
Parents of preschoolers and kindergartners will pay $30 to register their children for school next year. Elementary parents will pay $61, while junior high parents will pay $72. Parents of high school students will pay $70.
That's on top of a technology fee of $28 for kids in first through 12th grades and $11. …