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Cape Girardeau public school board discusses possible changes

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Big changes could be coming to schools in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

On Monday night, Nov. 16, the school board considered going from eight class periods to seven.

Officials proposed taking away one of the two prep classes from teachers' schedules.

Superintendent Jim Welker said making this change could be beneficial for students.

“Our students have eight courses a day that they are responsible for, so it may help in some ways that they will have seven rather than eight," Welker said. "It will lengthen the class period to give more instruction in each of those classes.”

Cape Girardeau schools have an 87 percent graduation rate and some parents say one of their concerns is fixing something that isn’t broken.

Welker said their purpose is to remain progressive.

“We’re really proud of our graduation rate and what our staff has done to get that graduation rate up because that’s critical.," he said. "But, at the same time,  we are still seeing a lot of students at the lower end is still struggling.”

Even though parents and some staff are invited to come, there will not be opportunity for them to speak at this meeting, as no vote will be made on Monday night.

Welker also wanted to stress that under this proposed change, officials do not plan to fire any teachers.

Some other issues on the agenda include salaries and retirement incentives.

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