Students at Springfield's three public high schools will still have a seven-period day next year... but in order to preserve that schedule, the school board has approved changes to the teaching day that will lead to the elimination of 30 or more positions.
The current schedule gives each teacher five classes, with the other two periods devoted to planning and collaboration. But board member Mike Zimmers says that collaboration period has not translated into higher test scores, and says the district can't afford to keep it. By requiring each instructor to teach six classes instead of five, the district can cut 10 or more positions from each school.
The move is estimated to save between $1.2 and 1.5 million next year... helping the district manage an estimated $5 million-plus budget deficit.