A resident asked the Brecksville Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 17th asked how it would save the district money by cutting planning time. The resident was met with vague responses from the Brecksville Board of Education who would not answer the direct question.
This is another illustration of how the Brecksville Board of Education does not understand the job of a teacher, a speech and language pathologist, a school psychologist, or a guidance counselor. We CLEARLY continue to plan well before and after school hours, well after the planning time we already get (HS & MS= 400 minutes, elem.= 315 minutes), well after the doors close and the lights are turned off. This is longer than an eight hour day. The staff CLEARLY understands the value of planning!
Furthermore, at the elementary level, the teachers get 315 minutes of planning time per week by taking their students to a “specials” class like media center, computer lab, art, P.E., or music. Every there are 60 minutes of art; two 40 minutes P.E.; two 35 minutes music adds up to 190 minutes leaving only 5 minutes for media and 5 minutes for computer; this does not even count lunch/recess. We guess the kiddos can't have lunch/recess because that would give the teachers more planning time than they “should” have. Or will the Brecksville Board of Education be taking special classes away? Will every child's day be reduced to "save money?" It is much easier to tell the public you're reducing planning time than to say you are cutting special classes. Just like it is easier to put an advisory sentence at the bottom of a contract section rather than to outright delete things from that section.