hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

July 5, 2012

High school takes steps to avoid opening day chaos

Superintendent James Scully blames "cracks in the system" for the September shuffle that overwhelmed Haverhill High School last year as many students returned without having a schedule in hand.

One of those cracks seems to be that some schedules were sent by bulk mail. When they didn't arrive in time for the first day of school, some students were left scratching their heads, trying to figure out where they were supposed to be, (See story on page 1.)

"We dropped the ball at the high school last year,'' Scully confessed, deploying another metaphor.

But school officials say they have now picked up the ball and patched the cracks in the system.

In fact, every high school student already has a schedule for fall classes, said Principal Bernard Nangle. That leaves plenty of time for parents and students to discuss the upcoming year.

Students were able to sign up online for the classes they wanted next fall and can email the school to request changes if they didn't get the ones they wanted.

Parents can also access their kids' schedules on the web. That's progress. It's good to admit mistakes. It's even better to correct them. See you in September.