As a math teacher at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, Sheldon Vleck didn’t give much thought to the master schedule.
“I never saw it. The only thing I’d see were kids sitting in front of me” he says. “You’d take a look at a kid and say, ‘Well, this kid is really good. How come he isn’t in the honors class?'”
It was only when Vleck became the school’s master scheduler that he first appreciated the intricacies involved. With 2,100 students, Truman is one of the larger public schools in New York City, and Vleck now had to put students into the courses they needed to graduate.