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Lawton high schools to add seventh period

LAWTON, Okla._Students in Lawton's three high schools will see a change in their class schedules next year.

Monday, the school board approved a proposal that will create a seven-period day, as opposed to the current six-period day. It won't change the length of the school day or the number of students in a classroom. Superintendent Tom Deighan said there are several advantages with the new system.

"It will increase opportunities for college and career tech, concurrent enrollment, it's an easier transition for our military students. In addition to that, it'll add more opportunities for our students to earn their 23 credits in four years,” said Superintendent Deighan.

The board also received the final architect's report on the repair options for Eisenhower Middle School, but took no action on it. Deighan said the main takeaway is that no changes need to be made before the next school year.

The board will meet in executive session later this month to discuss the report in greater detail after the members have had a chance to read it. The board also approved a change to the calendar that will allow teachers and parents to attend an education rally at the state capitol on March 30.

The district had originally planned for a day off on Friday, April 3, but because of the widespread interest in attending the rally, they will now be in class on Friday and no class will be held Monday, March 30.

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