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Local high schools seek more teaching time

The principals at Fayette County’s high schools Monday morning advocated for adding an Instructional Focus period at the three high schools that are not currently utilizing the extra time for additional instruction.

The called meeting came after the Fayette County Board of Education wanted more information on the 20-minute instructional period previously implemented by Sandy Creek High School and Fayette County High School.

Sandy Creek Principal Roy Rabold and Fayette County High School Principal Charles Warr in their presentations cited numerous benefits to having added the 20-minutes period within the school days in recent years.

Rabold noted that at Sandy Creek the 20-minute period is used for purposes of remediation, acceleration or study hall. Both Rabold and Warr said the Instructional Focus period is supported by staff and is beneficial to student achievement.

Proposals for the implementation of similar focus periods were introduced by the principals of McIntosh, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater high schools.

The proposal to introduce an Instructional Focus period in the remaining three high schools next school year could be a topic recommended by Superintendent Jeff Bearden at an upcoming board meeting.

At a recent school board meeting a number of school system staff advocated creating a seventh academic period to bolster students’ ability to take better advantage of remediation needs and additional course offerings.

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