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Nevis extends class time for band/choir, electives

Nevis students will experience a longer school day next year, the school board agreeing to add 22 minutes to the day to alleviate scheduling conflicts with band and choir and add high school electives.

Superintendent Steve Rassier said scheduling conflicts were anticipated with music and electives when the school moved from block times to the six-period day.

"These conflicts were minor in the last two school years." Rassier said. But the school is anticipating more developing next year.

The major advantage of this change is to allow all students the opportunity to participate in band and/or choir, provide a study hall period for non-music students, give students the option to take additional electives and have staff available to monitor halls during lunch periods, Rassier said.

The length of class time will remain at 57 minutes. The teachers' contract gives the district the flexibility to make this change. A seven-period day, however, "would create contract issues."

"It's vital to protect our band and choir programs," principal Jodi Sandmeyer told the board. She also endorsed the additional electives to be available to juniors and seniors.

"It opens a lot of opportunities for kids," board member Kris Sauser agreed.

The board approved the 22-minute extension of the school day, with the starting and ending times yet to be established. Times of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. are under consideration.