Parents whose children attend Orem's Aspen Elementary School have one more chance to influence the Alpine School Board before it votes on a proposal to place the school on an extended-day schedule.
The board is expected to vote on the change during its meeting at 6 p.m. April 11 at board headquarters, 39 N. Center St., American Fork. The public will have an opportunity to address the board near the beginning of the meeting. Anyone interested should sign up on a sheet provided at the door.Aspen would become the Alpine District's 11th school on the extended-day schedule, and though some parents have expressed concern about the change, most say they have accepted it, because district officials say there is no choice.
Administrators believe extended-day is the best way to deal with rising enrollment without building new schools.
Luana Searle, assistant superintendent over elementary education, said Aspen parents and administrators have been working on the plan for about a year.
Parent representatives say the plan that has been developed is satisfactory, but they would prefer not to change the school's schedule.
The extended-day schedule would divide each student's day into two parts - 31/2 hours spent every day learning core subjects like math, English and social studies, and about two hours spent on specialty subjects such as art, music and science.
About half the student body would arrive at 8 a.m. and end the school day at 2 p.m. Other students, including all children who are bused, would begin the day at 9:30 a.m. and continue to 3:30 p.m.
Students would attend school the same number of hours each day that they do now. Faculty members would teach either core subjects or specialty classes, rather than presenting as many as eight subjects daily. Students would always report to the same room for their core classes. They would rotate rooms for specialty subjects.
Class sizes would remain between 29 and 33 students for core teachers, but specialty subjects would have 40 or more students in each class.
Parents of children who aren't bused would be allowed to select the track on which to place their children, Aspen Principal Jim Gray said.