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Block Scheduling to Continue in Davenport District


Block scheduling will continue at the Davenport School District's high schools for at least another year.

Moving back to a traditional scheduling model had been one of the superintendent's major budget recommendations as district leaders work to find 3 to 4 million dollars to cut from next year's budget.

Ending block scheduling would have saved more than a million dollars on its own.

But, after discussing the idea at Monday night's school board meeting, district leaders said they weren't ready to move forward yet. They said they wanted to take another look at the possibility in the spring for the 2015-2016 school year.

There's a lot of work to do to make the transition possible, and waiting any longer to make that choice for the coming school year was not an option.

"We're already scheduling eight graders and we didn't want to get them all scheduled and then the board look in January and February and say we've changed our mind again, so we didn't want to jerk people around," Superintendent Dr. Arthur Tate, explained.

"We're not going to just make a quick decision like that that impacts so many students and families," School Board Vice President Ken Krumweide added.

The formal budget proposal for next year will be presented to the school board in March.

The Davenport School Board was scheduled to vote on whether to renew the district's contract for the Wittenmyer program at Monday night's meeting, but announced that they would be postponing that vote, saying more information was needed before a decision could be made.

The superintendent has recommended not renewing the contract with Family Resources for the alternative learning program.

Instead, Dr. Tate says the district should combine the current Wittenmyer program with the Kimberly Center West program at a different site.

The school board was supposed to have given Family Resources notice by Monday night, but officials with that organization say they're happy to delay that deadline.

"There was some discussion and we let them know that obviously we have the best interests of the students in mind and so if further conversation needed to happen we'd be willing to allow some flexibility in that," Cheryl Goodwin, President and CEO of Family Resources, explained.

On Monday night, the Davenport School Board also postponed a vote on whether to move forward with the purchase of property on Marquette Street. Again, district leaders said more information was needed.

District officials refused to comment on what the property would be used for or whether it was related to the Wittenmyer decision.

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