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Block schedules on the way out?

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Are the pros for block scheduling worth the dollars it is costing the Wilson County School System to hire additional teachers for high schools?

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund said officials are debating whether the current block schedule (which breaks the school day into four, 90-minutes periods, or block) or moving to seven 50-minute periods would be more beneficial to students and the system.

Block schedule requires additional teachers and our budget is tight, he said, before adding that major cuts in teacher employment would not be expected. We would do our best not to cut people, but let normal attrition those teachers who move or retire handle that.

While Setterlund said nothing is final at this point, he expects a decision to be made sooner rather than later. We have to make that decision pretty quickly because we will start to build our course catalog.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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