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<I>What is the purpose of the junior high summit next month?

Julie Boyle, director of communications for the Lawrence school district, said the three-day gathering would help the district "create a developmentally appropriate (daily course) schedule to accommodate the current curriculum, team teaching and collaboration time."

Here is a draft outline of the agenda:

Aug. 7: discussion of summit goals, preconceived notions, junior high mission, strengths and weaknesses of junior high course schedule, trends in junior high education.

Aug. 8: student panel discussion, review of national perspectives of junior high and middle school education, review of junior high class scheduling options.

Aug. 9: presentation and analysis of scheduling options, vote on options, discussion of steps to take after the summit.

The agenda doesn't preclude consideration of other topics related to the academic future of junior high students.

The district's four junior high schools are attended by seventh, eighth and ninth graders.

Members of the public and school board have said placement of ninth graders in the district ought to be discussed at the summit. The district's facilities committee reported Lawrence's junior highs were overcrowded. One idea floated by the committee was to move ninth graders to the high schools to relieve pressure at junior highs.

Sessions are 10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Aug. 9 at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.


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