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Area high school students protest proposed block scheduling changes

Lt. Tony Repicky, left, and Sgt. Joe Scott, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office, monitor the entrance to the parking lot at Naples High School while students protest at the football field about the proposed schedule changes on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  The school's resource officers were instructed not to allow any parents or 'public people' onto campus while the school staff addressed the protest.   'After yesterday's incident at Gulf Coast High School, we knew something was coming,' Scott said.  'We were asked to keep parents and other public people off campus while they dealt with this.'  David Albers/ Staff

Photo by DAVID ALBERS, Daily News

Lt. Tony Repicky, left, and Sgt. Joe Scott, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office, monitor the entrance to the parking lot at Naples High School while students protest at the football field about the proposed schedule changes on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. The school's resource officers were instructed not to allow any parents or "public people" onto campus while the school staff addressed the protest. "After yesterday's incident at Gulf Coast High School, we knew something was coming," Scott said. "We were asked to keep parents and other public people off campus while they dealt with this." David Albers/ Staff

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  • Gulf Coast High School students hold up a sign to passersby outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Liz Gerrity, 16, center, a student from Gulf Coast High School, holds up a sign to passersby outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Robert Hedgepath, 16, left, a student at Gulf Coast High School, writes down what he wants to say when he addresses the Collier County School Board at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Clara Alba, 16, left, and Jessica Iturbury, 17, right, stand in the lobby with their signs after they were asked to take them out of the board room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Phil Reid, head of corrective security, asks students to take their signs outside for the 'safety of others' at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Seventeen-year-old Millard Taylor, a junior at Palmetto Ridge High School, gathers with his classmates in the Collier County School Board chamber before a school board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  Students from several area high schools came to the school board meeting to voice their opposition against the proposed schedule changes.  David Albers/ Staff
  • A group of Palmetto Ridge High School students enters the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building before a Collier County School Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  Students from several area high schools came to the school board meeting to voice their opposition against the proposed schedule changes.  David Albers/ Staff
  • A group of students protests outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building before a Collier County School Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  Students from several area high schools came to the school board meeting to voice their opposition against the proposed schedule changes.  David Albers/ Staff
  • A concerned mother talks with her daughter on a cell phone while students at Palmetto Ridge High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Lexey Swall-Bobayr/Staff
  • Students at Palmetto High School are addressed by their principal, Roy Terry, right, as they stage a protest against potential changes Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Submitted photo
  • Students at Palmetto Ridge High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Lexey Swall-Bobayr/Staff
  • Students at Palmetto Ridge High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Lexey Swall-Bobayr/Staff
  • Students at Palmetto High School  stage a protest against potential changes Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Submitted photo
  • Collier County Sheriffs deputies talk with drivers at Palmetto Ridge High School while students at Palmetto Ridge High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Lexey Swall-Bobayr/Staff
  • Collier County Sheriffs deputies talk with drivers at Palmetto Ridge High School while students at Palmetto Ridge High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Lexey Swall-Bobayr/Staff
  • Lt. Tony Repicky, left, and Sgt. Joe Scott, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office, monitor the entrance to the parking lot at Naples High School while students protest at the football field about the proposed schedule changes on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  The school's resource officers were instructed not to allow any parents or 'public people' onto campus while the school staff addressed the protest.   'After yesterday's incident at Gulf Coast High School, we knew something was coming,' Scott said.  'We were asked to keep parents and other public people off campus while they dealt with this.'  David Albers/ Staff
  • Lt. Tony Repicky, left, and Sgt. Joe Scott, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office, monitor the entrance to the parking lot at Naples High School while students protest at the football field about the proposed schedule changes on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  The school's resource officers were instructed not to allow any parents or 'public people' onto campus while the school staff addressed the protest.   'After yesterday's incident at Gulf Coast High School, we knew something was coming,' Scott said.  'We were asked to keep parents and other public people off campus while they dealt with this.'  David Albers/ Staff
  • Lt. Tony Repicky, left, and Sgt. Joe Scott, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office, monitor the entrance to the parking lot at Naples High School while students protest at the football field about the proposed schedule changes on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  The school's resource officers were instructed not to allow any parents or 'public people' onto campus while the school staff addressed the protest.   'After yesterday's incident at Gulf Coast High School, we knew something was coming,' Scott said.  'We were asked to keep parents and other public people off campus while they dealt with this.'  David Albers/ Staff
  • Students at Naples High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Student at Naples High School stage a protest against potential changes Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Principal, Nancy J. Graham, in a gray dress at the bottom of the frame, directs students at Naples High School after being instructed to leave the bleachers at Naples High School.  High school students at several different schools in Collier County staged a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Students at Lely High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Students at Lely High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Students at Lely High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Students at Lely High School stage a protest against potential changes in the Collier County public high schools' block schedule program. Erik Kellar/Staff
  • Seventeen-year-old Millard Taylor, a junior at Palmetto Ridge High School, plays catch while gathering with classmates outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building before a Collier County School Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.  Students from several area high schools came to the school board meeting to voice their opposition against the proposed schedule changes.  David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples High School student Nicole Gargiulo, 14, bottom right, watches the monitor above her head as she and other students from various high school wait for the Collier County School Board meeting to begin at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • Palmetto Ridge High School student, Lisette Sanchez, 18, right,  and others receive fliers to pass out from Jonathan Tuttle, left, the executive director for the Collier County Education Association outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff
  • To a packed chamber, the Collier County School Board discusses the future of scheduling for students during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Sierra, a junior at Gulf Coast High School, watches the Collier County School Board discuss the future of scheduling for students during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Sierra, a junior at Gulf Coast High School, watches the Collier County School Board discuss the future of scheduling for students during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Sixteen-year-old Jason Castellano, a junior at Palmetto Ridge High School, watches the Collier County School Board discuss the future of scheduling for students during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Sierra, a junior at Gulf Coast High School, reacts as the Collier County School Board discuss the future of scheduling for students during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Naples resident Betsy Ross, 51, makes an exit surrounded in applause after commenting on the Collier County School Board's handling of district business during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Naples resident Betsy Ross, 51, makes an exit surrounded in applause after commenting on the Collier County School Board's handling of district business during a school board meeting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.
  • Wendy Moag, a teacher at Big Cypress Elementary School, listens to the Collier County school board members at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Marzano and other teachers were watching the meeting in the lobby of the administrative center because the board room was full. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.
  • Laura Marzano, second from right, the second vice president of the Collier County Education Association, and other teachers listens to the Collier County school board members at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Marzano and other teachers were watching the meeting in the lobby of the administrative center because the board room was full. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.
  • Wendy Moag, a teacher at Big Cypress Elementary School, listens to the Collier County school board members at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Marzano and other teachers were watching the meeting in the lobby of the administrative center because the board room was full. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.
  • Laura Marzano, right, the second vice president of the Collier County Education Association, she listens to the Collier County school board members at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Marzano and other teachers were watching the meeting in the lobby of the administrative center because the board room was full. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.
  • Betsy Ross, 51, a parent of an eighth grader at Pine Ridge Middle School, is threatened to be taken out of the board room by a deputy while she speaks out against block scheduling at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.
  • Betsy Ross, 51, a parent of an eighth grader at Pine Ridge Middle School,  walks away from the podium after being threatened to be taken out of the board room by a deputy while she speaks out against block scheduling at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Teachers and students from various high schools filled the school board auditorium to speak out against the school boards proposal to change the current block schedule to seven periods.

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