Davenport school leaders considering later start date and hourly scheduling

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Davenport Community Schools will hold a public discussion Thursday, November 14th, 2013 on the school start date and traditional or block scheduling.

Back on August 1st, the Iowa Board of Education voted in favor of school districts who start their school year before September 1st. Davenport Community Schools was one of 340 school districts in Iowa, to start before September 1st in 2012. They also started before September 1st, in 2013.

District administrators will also discuss switching back to hourly scheduling. Under block scheduling, high school students have four classes per day that last 90 minutes. Under hourly scheduling, high school students have seven classes per day that last 50 minutes. Going back to hourly scheduling could save the district about $1.5 million a year.

Thursday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. at North High School. The district will also hold a meeting on Monday, November 18th at West High School. Nothing will be approved at either meeting.