Board members voted unanimously Thursday night to do away with block scheduling at the middle school based on a recommendation by Supt. Murray Pride.
Block scheduling is similar to college scheduling where classes are conducted twice or three times a week, rather than every day. The middle school has been doing it for several years, according to Pride.
Pride said he wanted to go back to traditional five-day-a-week classes to help reduce class sizes and benefit students at the same time.
"I feel that educationally, having math every day is better than every other day," Pride told parents in the audience who questioned the decision.
Parent Missy Robinson said she has a child in the middle school and is worried how they will adjust to the change. She expressed her concerns to the board.
Middle School Principal Mike Wilcox said he supported doing away with block scheduling in order to bring down class sizes.
Pride said the change is supported by most teachers and administrators at the middle school.
"I felt, from my conversations, that they were ready to do it," Pride said of the teachers and staff.
The high school could also see a change in the future, but Principal Alan Zerkel said things are poised to stay the same for now.
"The periods are very long and that concerns us," Zerkel said, adding that a change may be considered at the end of the semester next year.
Pride added, "Right now that's not my recommendation (to do away with block scheduling at the high school), but I think we're open to lots of things."
In other business, the school board:
The North Putnam School Board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the corporation headquarters in Bainbridge.