More elective offerings for Norwich High School students next year

NORWICH – Too many kids are taking too many study halls at Norwich High School. According to Interim Principal Dr. Robert Cleveland, the average student has between 1 1/2 to 2 study halls in their schedule each semester.

That realization has prompted Cleveland to work with the high school’s instructional staff and the district’s administration on a plan to get students out of study halls and into elective classes.

“I’ve had an ongoing conversation with Dr. Cleveland about the quality and efficiency of high school programming,” said Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan. “He’s taken some very positive steps in addressing these concerns.”

Cleveland presented his preliminary plan and the reasoning behind it to the Norwich City School Board last Tuesday night.

The primary goal, he said, is to “get more kids engaged in instructional activities.” Before the board, he laid out four ways of achieving that objective.

The first strategy will be to encourage students into current elective course offerings. Cleveland and his staff have reviewed those offerings and eliminated those that have not had sufficient interest.

The current master scheduling process will also need to be improved, he said.

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