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Don't Like Your Schedule? Then Transfer: Flowers Principal



    Some parents in Prince George's County are upset about their children's schedules just days before classes get under way, but one principal says parents are being unrealistic with their requests. (Published Friday, Aug. 20, 2010)

    Students in Prince George's County head back to school on Monday, and some parents are already complaining about a perceived problem with class scheduling.

    Last year, students showed up for school only to find they had no schedules. More than 8,000 students sat in auditoriums because of a computer glitch.

    This year, parents of Charles H. Flowers High School students told News4 they found that their children have wrong schedules.

    Nicole Miles, whose daughter attends Flowers in Springdale, said her daughter signed up for Spanish 2 but got ROTC instead.

    Flowers principal Helena Nobles-Jones said the issue is not a scheduling mistake but a lack of teachers of electives.

    "Prince George's County Public Schools offers every parent the right to request a special transfer, and those parents who desire for their children to go to a smaller school where they can get all of the classes that they desire should take that option," Nobles-Jones said.

    Student schedules were published online this week using the school system's online grade book called School Imax.

    Superintendent Dr. William Hite told News4 that scheduling computer problems were fixed.

    “We have all of our students schedules ... that were registered by Aug. 9," Hite said. "We have very few students with irreconcilable issues with in their schedules. But they have a schedule. We will have to work those problems out after school starts.”

    Nobles-Jones said schedule changes begin Aug. 30, but she noted that there is no guarantee students will get all the electives they want. All students are guaranteed placement in the core classes -- English, math, science and social studies.

    "There is no guarantee that just because you registered for a class that you're going to get the class in a school of 2,600," Nobles-Jones said. "You'll be very lucky if you get half of the classes that you requested."