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Scappoose schools may cut June early-starts

Minor revision to calendar under consideration by school board

Stephen Jupe.The school bell might sound early for Scappoose students on a couple of Mondays at the end of the school year.

Stephen Jupe, superintendent of the Scappoose School District, presented a proposed calendar revision at a Monday, Jan. 26, school board meeting that would cut schools' typical Monday one-hour-delayed starts on June 1 and June 8.

According to Jupe, the revision would ensure that the third trimester of school would offer enough instructional hours for Scappoose High School students to earn their course credits.

To avoid disruption, he said Tuesday, he is proposing that the district cut early starts at all schools.

"We don't want to confuse anybody," Jupe said.

The Oregon State Board of Education acted last Thursday to change the requirements on instructional time for students throughout the state, Jupe noted. He said the district is already set to meet those requirements next school year and beyond.