MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County High School Council decided Wednesday to organize a task force to gather information on block scheduling the old fashioned way -- by traveling to comparable high schools to observe first-hand how block is working or not working as the case may be.

The school council intends to form about 15 teams of three persons each, one a parent, one from the business community and one teacher. These teams and school council members are to venture to high schools that are thriving, surviving or going under on the block or to schools that abandoned the block for whatever reason.

The teams would have in hand a standard list of questions for educators at these other schools that targets the needs and challenges facing CCHS, the council decided.

Time is short. The council set one month as an ideal mark for assembling the task force. Council members recognize, they said, that this may not be possible, but they are game to try.

School council members ask that any parents interested in committing to a team contact the high school. The Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce has volunteered to find people from the business community for the study group.

Superintendent Leonard McCoy recommended the idea of the study group as a way to quickly gather meaningful information on the controversial block scheduling concept that the system had intended for the high school to adopt in the 2002-2003 school year. That is to say, before the state mandates school councils through the A+ Education Reform this summer.

Some school councils are already in place. The councils are charged, among other things, to improve academic achievement. They must make a recommendation to the board of education for any shift from traditional class scheduling to alternative scheduling to take place.

The one alternative scheduling model getting the most attention is the 4x4 block in which four 90-minute-long classes are scheduled per day as opposed to the six 55-minute classes scheduled at CCHS now.

-- By Lori Glenn



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