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D-202 considers 8th HS period, introduces ambassadors

The District 202 Board of Education welcomed its first-ever group of high school student ambassadors at its regular meeting Monday.
The District 202 Board of Education welcomed its first-ever group of high school student ambassadors at its regular meeting Monday.

Members of the Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education heard more information Monday about adding an eighth period to the high school day and welcomed its first group of high school student ambassadors.

The 2011 Five-Year Strategic Plan prioritized restoring an eighth period to the high school day to increase flexibility and allow students more opportunity to take advanced courses and electives, according to a news release from the district. District 202 had an eight-period high school day in the early 1990s, but the period was cut to save money.

Adding another period would not necessarily improve academic achievement, said Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. It also might create possible contractual, staffing and financial challenges.

No action was taken on any of the items discussed. Study and discussion will continue, according to the release.

Four student ambassadors, one from each of the district’s high schools, also attended the meeting. The group will regularly share information about school life and student issues. The ambassadors will not vote on district business.

They are Plainfield North High School senior Jack Anderson, who plans to major in computer science at Seattle University; Plainfield High School – Central Campus senior Hannah Darbro, who plans to major in nursing; Plainfield East High School senior Peyton Washington, who plans to major in finance at Morgan State University; and Plainfield South High School junior Brooke Poston, whose favorite class is AP Economics.

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