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South High students want four-period classes

December 02, 1998

The new Washington County Board of Education heard a student perspective Tuesday from two South Hagerstown High School students who urged the adoption of a standard four-period class schedule and financial aid for Advanced Placement tests.

David Iseminger, a junior at South, thanked the board for its role in the South High renovations.

"They're very much needed at South High," he said.

Iseminger and senior Teka Swayne said most students believe the school board should adopt a uniform schedule at schools across the county. Some schools have a traditional seven-period day and others have four-period days that feature longer but fewer classes.

Both students said they believe the four-period day, which is in effect at South, should be the model that wins out.

"When you miss class it's not as much to make up," Iseminger said.

Added Swayne: "It's also a change of subjects. It's much like college. I recommend it to all schools."

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School board member B. Marie Byers agreed the county must choose.

"I do think this is a decision the board will have to make, probably within this year," she said.

Iseminger and Swayne asked the school board to consider financial help for students who have trouble paying for advanced placement tests. They also said the tests should be given in January as well as in May.

Students who attend a school with four periods now sometimes must take tests at the end of the year on material they stopped studying after the first semester, they said.

- Brendan Kirby

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