At Tuesday night's school-board meeting, one of the agenda items concerned the adoption of a 6,960 instructional-minute standard for summer-school classes. Dr. Jackie Luzak, Principal at LCHS, presented her findings of a study of similar schools regarding summer-school instructional minutes.
There were many supporters of the 3,480 current Hillside School and Learning Center's instructional minute standard at the meeting. Parents stated that they send their children to Hillside so that their students' school-year schedule will better accommodate electives and extra-curricular activities, or so that accelerated classes could be taken with the reduced hours offered at Hillside for a much-needed break from the pressure at LCHS. Two Hillside administrators assured board members that the reduced instructional minutes did not detract from a quality program that included small class sizes and "pure instruction time."
I would like to set the record straight regarding the Foundation's position and role in regards to this issue.