Octorara Area School District has restructured its middle school program, replacing a team teaching approach with a more traditional system.
The change was prompted by cuts in the middle school staff, including three communication arts positions and one math, science and social studies position.
A common planning period for teachers has been eliminated, along with a guided study period at the end of each day to create more instructional time. Students — who begin classes Monday — will have shorter communication arts classes and get more help with reading.
The district also cut its librarian staff from three to two and eliminated one Spanish language position, one elementary reading position and one elementary classroom position.
In all, the teaching staff was cut by 10. Seventeen custodial positions also were eliminated through the “outsourcing” of evening custodial services.
Octorara is no longer providing midday transportation for students enrolled in its half-day kindergarten program.