The administration wants high school students to have the ability to take more classes and to not have to sacrifice one for the other. They don’t want kids to have to make a choice on whether to chose AP World History or AP Spanish as the class of 2013 had to last year. Enrichment is another pathway sought after by administration, in that they want to provide classes that would help students in subjects such as math or literacy. Tutorial was an attempt to try to support students by giving them time to balance their needs.
Multiple straw ballots were held to have the faculty members vote on all the schedules that were invented. The schedule that was voted to the top by the faculty members would then be held in another ballot going against the original schedule. As stated in the first paragraph the new schedule was turned down resoundingly.
Among the committee on that was in charge of this whole event was Mr. Piazza, who stated that the schedule change would face many challenges mainly due to the fact that Costa Mesa High School is a mixture of a high school and a middle school. What would work well for high school would not work well for middle school and vice-versa. “The school is an organic complex” was a phrase Mr. Piazza used, which is a perfect analogy because just like a living organism, when something changes in the school, it changes everything around it. Were a new schedule to be placed upon the school, times would have to be set differently for almost every school service. Bus transportation times would have to be changed; school cafeteria staff would have to arrive at different times, as well as almost any other faculty member.
When asked about his opinion, Mr. Piazza answered, “ My opinion is that we have to come together as a school to choose a schedule we feel works best. To tell you the truth I would like block schedule for my classes where I would see them for three times a week so that they can work on projects more. But I don’t think for language or even for music classes that the students will want to see the teacher everyday for practice. I understand that every teacher has their opinions but in the end we have to decide what would be better for the student, and that schedule will be the one I would vote for.”
What works for the student may not work so well for the teacher because if a schedule was put in place that had students go to one of their classes every other day, the student would spend less time with their teacher, but have the same amount of homework. If a schedule was put in place that allowed for eight periods, not only would there be extra sections that the school would have to worry about, but teachers would have to worry about more classes to govern. For the teachers, there were three meetings in which they were allowed to ask questions.
Mr. Howell said, when asked about his opinion, “I think that if we come up with a schedule that allows us to answer the three questions and not mess up other things that would be great. There is no perfect schedule, every schedule has problems. I have worked on all the schedules that have been proposed so far and none of them are perfect. There is no perfect schedule. But whatever we do choose if it does more to help the kids then I’m fine with it.”