While some board members questioned the concept of housing a middle school within a high school, BEA High School Principal David Reichelderfer agreed that it could be done.
"The advantage of a middle school isn't the separation of students, it is the way that you teach them," Reichelderfer
said.Masullo admitted that scheduling team teaching and common planning times for the core middle school teachers can be a "scheduling nightmare," and recommended that there be at least a three-year process until the middle school concept actually comes to fruition."If we're going to do it, then we should do it right," said Masullo, reminding board members of some problems the district encountered in trying to implement multi-grade classrooms in elementary schools after only a few months of preparation.If the board gives its blessing at its next meeting, Masullo said the first year should be devoted to researching the issue."And we may find out after a year that it isn't feasible for us," he
said.If it remains feasible, Masullo said the second year should be devoted to training teachers, and the third year for implementation of the program.