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Education

D-428 board to consider schedule change

DeKALB – Members of the DeKalb District 428 school board are set to hear about a proposal to change schedules at the district’s middle schools, which could cause a reduction in teachers.

Under the proposal, the amount of time students at Clinton Rosette and Huntley middle schools spend on mathematics would double to about 88 minutes daily, while their exploratory and elective periods would be combined into one 44-minute segment.

In turn, the middle schools would no longer offer music ensemble classes, while keeping band, orchestra and choir.

The board is scheduled to hear a presentation on the proposal; it will not vote on the issue today. If the board decides later to implement a schedule change, it would not occur until the 2014-15 school year at the earliest.

The proposed schedule changes could lead to the elimination of three to five full-time teaching position. Official estimates say the school district saves $66,000 on average for each full-time position that is eliminated.

However, Douglas Moeller, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and student services, has said that the position savings would mostly be piecemeal cuts. District officials also would have to consider student enrollment and faculty tenure.

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