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Guam - Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez has recommended that the Guam Education Board delay the implementation of the 4A/B schedule for high schools.
In a release to the media today Fernandez said the delay would allow more time for input and planning, and allow school administrations for plan for the upcoming school year.
“I haven't been involved in this entire process, but I believe it's time for a final resolution of this matter," Fernandez said in the release. "I'm focused on getting our schools opened on time for the coming school year, and to do that, we have to resolve the high school schedules now. Trying to move forward at this juncture is proving to be operationally difficult."
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GEB Chairman Francis Santos told PNC today that he supports the Superintendent's recommendation, especially after hearing the bus scheduling challenges the Department of Public Works is facing.
“The Board believes that the 4 A/B schedule should be looked at as a means for getting students on track for graduation,” said Board Chairman Santos. “However, if our Superintendent wants more time to make sure we get it right, we will support him.”
Santos said delaying the schedule will also allow the board to gather more input from teachers and other stakeholders.
As it stands Santos says George Washington, John F Kennedy, Okkodo and Simon Sanchez High Schools will return to their schedules from the last school year when classes resume in August. Southern High School is expected to move forward with a 4x4 schedule for the 2012/2013 school year, as the school will be implementing the John Hopkins reform program.
READ the Release from Superintendent Fernandez in FULL below:
Mr. Fernandez has indicated that he would like to see the schedule discussed in the context of a broader, more comprehensive and academically-focused strategy, aimed at increasing graduation rates and ensuring that graduates are ready for college or the workplace.
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