(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board heard over an hour of public comments Monday night from students, parents and teachers concerned about proposed changes to the middle school schedule. The board is considering a reduction in the number of periods in the school day from eight to seven and an increase in the length of Math and Reading classes to address low test scores. The two dozen speakers last night cried fowl at the impact the changes would have on electives, forcing students to choose between music, arts and foreign language.
Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the intent is to focus on core academic areas while keeping elective opportunities for students.
There was no discussion of the plan by the board Monday night as the matter will be discussed in committee next Monday. Next week Wednesday, the district is holding a meeting for middle school parents.