By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
After three years of debating the pros and cons of a new scheduling system, members of Smithsburg High School's Citizen's Advisory Council and School Improvement Team have asked the Washington County Board of Education for a decision.
The school and community have remained gridlocked over whether to change from seven to four class periods a day, representatives of the two groups told the school board Tuesday night.
For students' sake, there must be consistency in scheduling among Washington County's public high schools, they said.
"In a countywide issue, participatory democracy is not going to hack it," said CAC member Don Currier. "What we need is some kind of benevolent dictatorship. It's up to you as a board to make a decision."