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Middle School Schedule Change to Get PTA Committee Evaluation

Interim superintendent explains benefits of rotating schedule to board of education.

As interim superintendent, John Fitzsimmons has stood tall on an issue he wants to see come to fruition in Parsippany’s Central Middle School.

Fitzsimmons spent time making his pitch again on Tuesday night at the district’s board of education meeting about extending class time in the school by 10 minutes per class, according to northjersey.com.

Five 40-minute periods would become 50-minute periods, the report said, and a full student body lunchtime of 30 minutes would replace the current setup. The Parent-Teacher Association Committee will review the proposal by visiting other schools that offer the scheduling variation, the report said.

In doing so, teachers would have 25-percent more instructional time with students. 

After making its findings, the committee will give its recommendations to the board on June 1. 

Annie March 05, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Does the cafeteria have the capacity to service the full student body lunchtime in 30 minutes? Will all students have sufficient time to stand in line to buy lunch ans then find open seating to eat the lunch within 30 minutes? I believe there are approximately 900 students in BMS, can the cafeteria hold 900 students at one time? Can the kitchen handle preparing and serving enough food for 900 students,is there enough floor space for tables and chairs for 900 students at BMS? I do not know about Central but BMS doesn't look like it can satisfy these requirements?
Mike March 05, 2014 at 09:18 PM
I'm thinking that the kids might be able to eat where they want. Hopefully John knows what he's talking about because I don't think most people trust him as far as they can throw him. Next month is April and he's gone.
friend of parsppany March 06, 2014 at 06:44 AM
@annie-they will have a problem feeding all the kids and giving them enough time to eat.
frankcacc March 06, 2014 at 10:11 AM
I wish more of his plan was shared here, so students would not have every class everay day? That is unusual for a middle schooler. Would there still be 8 class periods for students to take their classes? Or would we gain or lose a class with the new system. The concern about getting all students through the lunch line in time for them to sit down and eat it is also a huge point to consider this.

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