Clovis making schedule switch

By CNJ Staff

Clovis High School will move to a seven-period day at the start of the 2007-2008 school year, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm.

Results from a CHS staff survey released Monday sealed the move, according to Seidenwurm.

Forty percent of teachers who voted in the survey were in favor of a seven-period day, according to Seidenwurm.

The switch from a six-period day to a seven-period day was dependent upon teacher support, according to administrators.

Classes at the high school are 55 minutes long this year. Under the seven-period schedule, classes will be slightly shorter and the day slightly longer, Seidenwurm said.

Students will decide what to do in their seventh period, opting to take a class or a study hall. The number of credits needed to graduate, 24, will remain the same under the new schedule.

Seidenwurm and CHS Principal Jody Balch said problems with credit-deficient students and a troublesome dropout rate at the high school — which hung at 9 percent in 2003-2004, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department — prompted the schedule change proposal.

This year, CHS switched from a block schedule — in which there were four, 90-minute periods a day — to a six-period schedule.