Wednesday not only marked the first day of school at Stevens High School, but it also came with the implementation of a controversial new class schedule. Beginning Wednesday, faculty will teach all six of their classes over the entire school year on alternating days, whereas in years past, faculty would teach three classes per semester over a two-semester school year.
Classes will also be reduced from 90 to 75 minutes. The Claremont School Board voted in July to go ahead with the schedule, before a grievance filed by the teacher’s union – and a ruling by an arbitrator in favor of the union – put the plan in jeopardy.
Despite the opposition, the board has opted to implement the schedule nonetheless.