Eight-period school day gets approval

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

Orange Grove School Board members reorganized themselves during this week's regular meeting, electing new officers after the election this month.

Board President Steve Seidel was once again elected to serve as board president. Roel Alaniz was elected to the position of vice-president, and Ruben Chapa will serve as board secretary.

Board members also heard from Jim Wells County Commissioner Wally Alanis on the county's request to construct a communications building beside Orange Grove High School's Communications tower.

The county had previously secured permission from the board to add a repeater to the tower, which would enhance the communication capabilities across the northern end of Jim Wells County. The building requested will house the equipment necessary for the repeater. The board approved the county's request.

The decision to change to an eight-period school day at the high school was also up for discussion at the meting.

Previously, board members discussed the possible need to move to an eight-period day because of the increase in the number of credits necessary to graduate, under a new state policy.

With so many district students participating in activities, along with their normal class load during the school day, board members felt another period was necessary to give students the opportunity to meet state requirements for graduation and be able to participate in their activities.

Board members approved the move this week, and an eight-period school day for OGHS will take effect this fall.