By Nick Sestanovich
The road to a new bell schedule at Benicia High School is a long one, but Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt remains optimistic that progress is being made. It will just take a lot of work and feedback.
According to Kleinschmidt, teachers had been working on finding a new replacement to the traditional six-period, non-rotating schedule for at least six years. After a Western Association of Schools and Colleges visitation team suggested a goal of looking at schedules to help increase staff collaboration and meeting student needs, the Schedule Advisory Committee was established in the 2015-2016 school year. The committee— consisting of administrators, teachers, parents and students— looked at data and gathered community input to determine a new schedule for the 2017-2018 school year that would minimize stress for students and increase collaboration for teachers.