Ripon Area School District administrators are holding three public listening sessions Monday to gather input from the community on restructuring high school graduation requirements.  

The 60-minute listening sessions will be held at 9 a.m. in the school district office, at noon in the Ripon Public Library, and at 7 p.m. in Ripon High School room 167.  

Currently, 27 credits are required for graduating from high school in Ripon, but the new seven-period day could translate into fewer high school graduation credits.

As part of the adoption of the 2011-13 school district budget, the Ripon Board of Education approved changing the high school daily schedule to a seven-period day starting with the 2011-12 school year.  This change from the current eight-period daily schedule will save the school district $600,000 over the next two years as part of a $2.26 million budget reduction being required by the state’s proposed biennial budget.

State statute mandates just 13 credits of required subject areas for high school graduation and encourages local school boards to add more required and/or elective credits. With seven class periods a day, a high school student will have 28 full class periods in four years.  Additionally, a school board may permit high school courses taken in middle school — such as, Algebra 1, Health, Spanish 1 and German 1 — to be counted as credits for high school graduation.

Read the full story in the May 5, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.