Photo/Jeremy Franklin
Photo/Jeremy Franklin

Last week, Berkeley High’s School Governance Council rejected a controversial schedule change. If you thought that was the end of the matter, you might be wrong.

The SGC has a special four-hour meeting planned for December 3 to try and craft a new proposal that will be acceptable to the majority. BHS principal Jim Slemp has written to teachers that he hopes for “a proposal to take to the School Board on December 9th for a Board decision on December 16th“. So there are now three important dates in the rescheduling debate:

  • December 3: SGC special meeting to generate a proposal (venue to be announced)
  • December 9: SGC recommendation to be presented to BUSD board
  • December 16: BUSD board votes on scheduling proposal

An email today from BHS PTSA’s Mark van Krieken to parents notes:

Although none of the SGC members we’ve spoken with (students, parents and teachers) have heard what scheduling models are specifically being considered for recommendation, the tight schedule of dates given above, without the inclusion of a public forum, would seem to indicate a revisiting of the “5 by 3” trimester proposal. Although it’s possible that the SGC will be considering other scheduling models, the above timeline would then imply that the Berkeley High Community would not be given the opportunity to have it introduced to them or to give input on it before it goes to the School Board.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...