Montclair High School

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NJ Parents Push Back Against Plan To Cut Class Time For School Repairs

April 20, 2019 - 12:12 pm

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (WCBS 880) – A New Jersey high school needs asbestos repairs and new staircases – but a plan to make those repairs while school is in session means less class time for students.

One of the stairwells at Montclair High School collapsed several months ago in the over-100-year-old main building.

The plan to fix those problems would mean squeezing upper classman into the freshman building for the rest of the school year starting on May 20. The plan also would create three hours of study hall each day.

Parents say too much classroom time is being lost.

“That’s a reduction of over 40 percent. A loss of almost 10 days or two school weeks of instruction,” parent Andrew Gideon said at a recent schoolboard meeting.

Gideon thinks parents were left in the lurch until the last minute about the plan.

Superintendent Kendra Johnson says nothing has been finalized yet.

“And we will continue to engage our young people. We will continue to engage our teachers and our parents. We are not at a point where it’s definitive,” Johnson said.