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Ramstein High School officials will hold an emergency meeting Monday to address concerns about the school’s new study hall policy, which moved a group of 140 seniors to protest this week.

“We wanted to put forth a good-faith effort. … We didn’t want to make (the students) feel like we’re putting them off,” Principal Greg Hatch said Friday, a day after the senior sit-in.

By scheduling the meeting, Hatch staved off a second demonstration that students had planned for Monday.

The seniors who organized the quiet protest said they hope the issue can be resolved Monday but added they are prepared to step up the fight if not.

“If this doesn’t go through like we want, we will have another sit-in,” said Justin Curnutt, senior class vice president. “We might have to go to plan B and get more drastic. We’d probably have a walkout or get the whole school involved.”

The student activists, all members of the senior class, hope to persuade school officials to change the way seminar classes were structured this school year.

They want the 90-minute study halls to revert to the single-grade composition of years past instead combining students from all four grades.

They contend seminar classes are more productive when students are in the same grade and taking similar, if not the same, courses.

Hatch, who instituted the multigrade seminar classes to cut back on socializing, said students can easily get permission to form study groups with their peers during the period.

But Kent Reedy, the father of a 12th-grader at Ramstein, disagrees.

Reedy plans to attend Monday’s meeting.

“If the students in the seminar don’t have classes in common, what else are they going to do but socialize?” Reedy said. “This doesn’t make any sense.”

If you goWhat: Emergency meeting of School Advisory CouncilWhere: Ramstein High SchoolWhen: 3:30 p.m. MondayWhy: To address concerns about the school’s new study hall policy

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