Detention schedule changes at Douglas High School |

Detention schedule changes at Douglas High School

by Maggie O'Neill

After-school and Saturday detentions at Douglas Hill School will minimize student-suspensions by providing a stricter alternative than lunch detention.

“A lot of times we don’t want to suspend a kid, but our discipline options are limited,” said Douglas High School principal Mark Van Voorst.

The Douglas County School District board members voted Tuesday to approve stipends for the programs. The money came from a computer stipend and a homemaker’s stipend, both which are currently unused.

The stipends allow a total teacher payment of $1,399 for 144 hours of after-school detention in one-hour segments Monday through Thursday. The money allotted for 80 hours of Saturday detention, from 8 a.m. to noon every other Saturday, is $1,710.

The higher Saturday allotment was to entice teachers to work on their weekend.

“In my experience, it’s been easy to find teachers to take after-school detentions,” Van Voorst said. “… Saturdays are much more intrusive on their personal life.”

Teachers are in their own classroom in after-school detention and no set up is involved, but on Saturdays the teacher needs to set up and take down a detention room.

Detention has been limited to a lunchtime segment when between 50 to 60 students attend.

The next Saturday school is scheduled for Sept. 25. The stipend makes after school detention available from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Students who miss Saturday detention will be cited for insubordination, which leads to suspension.

— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’ or 782-5121, ext. 214.