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Brocton High School students may be offered alternative class schedules, Principal Eva Dawn Bashaw told the School Board on Thursday.

Ms. Bashaw said she plans to establish a steering committee to investigate block, semester and alternative-day scheduling options.

"Blocking" could involve having the same class schedule for the same group of students, allowing some time flexibility for teachers, Ms. Bashaw said. For example, if one teacher wanted to use extra time for a class, another teacher could make up that time the next day.

Semesters would be set up with schedules similar to those used by colleges. Research shows that the potential lack of continuity in a subject would not have a negative impact on students, Ms. Bashaw said.

Under the "alternative" plan there would be schedules for certain days. One area school has designated two schedules, labeling them "A" and "B" days. Those continuously alternate, regardless of the day of the week.

The steering committee, which has yet to be formed, will be made up of faculty, staff, parents and students. School district residents interested in serving are being asked to call the high school office.

"We'll look at schools around us that use different types of scheduling," Ms. Bashaw said, adding that she expects information-gathering to begin within a month.

In a informal poll published in the current edition of the student newspaper, the Brocton Review, 20 of 26 seniors said schedules and class size are their chief concerns.

In other action, the board approved a new contract with the bus drivers' union. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed until drivers formally approve the pact, Superintendent Richard Thom said.

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