May 19, 2011 4:34 AM by Chris Welty

Board Ends Block Scheduling, Students Outraged

Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to end block scheduling at high schools in the parish.

That scheduling format has been in place in Lafayette high schools since 2004, allowing students to take 4 classes each day, every other day. That allowed them the opportunity to take more classes, but some say it was a downside for students not to be in those classes every day.

It was a heated meeting as dozens of students, parents, and administrators pleaded with the Lafayette Parish School Board Wednesday night to reconsider the six to three decision to give block
scheduling the ax.

"We try to do what we can for all the students while preserving our school system." said board member Greg Awbrey of District 6.

Opponents of block scheduling argue that the format puts students at a disadvantage because they don't get to take each of their classes everyday. Still, support for block scheduling was overwhelming at Wednesday's board meeting. "We are your constituents and you are elected to represent us" said Brandon Comeaux, a Junior at Lafayette High School.

Students support block scheduling because it affords them more opportunities for electives, but now, under the traditional format some of those electives may no longer fit in their schedules.
"I wouldn't be able to go and take my 2 electives which is choir and strings. I'd have to drop one of those things and those are like my life."

Awbrey says it is just a matter of time before they will know whether the decision to end block scheduling was the best decision or not.

Those in support of block scheduling say the fight isn't over. "We will continue to fight this and we will definitely make sure our voices are heard until the very, very end." said Comeaux.

A battle that could be taken up again as soon as the next board meeting.

Chris Welty



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