Chop the school day? Harris says "no"

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After much hoopla and a continuing understanding of what Gov. Kasich proposes to offer schools next year, Supt. Gene Harris is recommending that we retain the eight-period day in middle and high schools. We thank her because these types of cuts would devastate the academic program, especially the middle school unified arts program and high school electives. Experts in medicine, psychology and education concur: Physical activity and participation in the arts improves academic performance.

We realize this means that changes are coming to the Article 211 calendar. Human Resources will not be able to post positions by the contractual deadline of the first work day in April. Even though this is inconvenient for our bargaining unit, it is a small price to pay when jobs are restored. CEA will agree to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to change some of the dates in the Article 211 calendar. These are the new dates proposed:

April 11-15: Staff members are notified of administrative reductions

Apr. 11: 211 training for district offices, 8-10 a.m.; and Regions I and II elementary and middle schools, 1-3 p.m.; Northgate

Apr. 12: 211 training for high schools, 8-10 a.m.; and Regions III, IV and V elementary and middle schools, 1-3 p.m.; Northgate

Apr. 19-24: Round 1 postings

Apr. 25-30: Round 1 interviews

May 10-14: Round 2 postings

May 15-20: Round 2 interviews

May 29-30: Job fairs