Midland ISD's Plan to Tackle the 4X4

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- A group of 82 administrators and teachers from MISD have been busy trying to figure out how to balance a new state mandate that adds math and science to the list of classes students must take all four years in High School.

Executive Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning, Patrick Jones says although nothing is set in stone, he thinks the plan they've devised will be ready in the next few weeks and will balance the district's needs.

"Some of the solutions, that we're discussing, include moving some of the high school credit course down to junior high," said Jones who added the district may bring back the optional zero hour before first period for freshman and high school, "We're also looking at extending the day at our junior high and freshman campuses."

Making sure the extra curricular activities don't get edged has been the focus.

"The extra curricular things, the fine arts, and the athletics those are the things that kids come to school for," said Principal Elise Kail, "We've been thinking about it for about a year, because it does effect this year's freshman class."

By offering more classes to middle school students is one way the team hopes to give students more time to complete their graduation courses and parents can start helping their kids figure out what they need to take as soon as middle school. But there are still some concerns about how this will effect students.

"You know it's going to be tough, on the kid that struggles students will have access to tutorials they will still have opportunities to access," said Jones.