GCISD to host community chats in January

12/30/2013 9:44 AM

12/30/2013 9:45 AM

Grapevine Colleyville school district will host two “Community Chats” this month regarding possible high school scheduling options.

Parents are invited to join district and campus leaders in a discussion about changing the high school schedule to provide students with more course opportunities.

During the meetings, district and campus leaders will share preliminary thoughts and gather feedback from parents. No formal recommendations or decisions have been finalized.

The meetings are 7-8 p..m. Jan. 13 at Colleyville Heritage High School, 5401 Heritage Ave. and 7-8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Grapevine High School, 3223 Mustang Drive.

All parents are invited to attend either one as both Shannon Tovar, principal of Grapevine High School, and Conrad Streeter, principal of Colleyville Heritage High School, will present at both meetings. Counselors from both schools will be on hand for questions.

GCISD high schools have operated on a traditional seven-period day schedule since 2011, when the district moved away from block scheduling as part of budget reductions to prepare for legislative cuts to state education funding. The move saved the district $1.6 million and helped offset the $14 million in state funding the district was cut as part of legislative funding changes in 2011, school officials said.

Since that time, our community has been asking the district to consider re-evaluating the high school schedule. District leaders have listened and have been working on possible options, according to the district’s website.

Over the past several years, district leaders and personnel have worked to maximize financial resources. As a result of the district’s financial responsibility, coupled with slight changes in the state funding formula from the 2013 legislative session, district leaders believe a new high school schedule that provides more course opportunities for students while remaining efficient with financial resources can be implemented.

Preliminary options will be discussed at the Jan. 13-14 meetings.

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