Posted Date: 05/10/2022
Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and the Long-Range Planning Committee, the Board of Education approved new school hours, effective with the 2022-2023 school year.
The proposed times are:
7:40 a.m. – 2:22 p.m. 7th Grade
7:40 a.m. – 2:24 p.m. 8th Grade
8:15 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. Elementary
8:35 a.m. – 3:37 p.m. High School
8:45 a.m. – 3:27 p.m. Freshman Academy
9:25 a.m. – 4:07 p.m. 6th Grade
The need for the change is due to a shortage of shuttle buses and because some buses are consistently late picking up students at several of the secondary schools. There were several possible solutions, including hiring a significant number of new bus drivers, spreading the day out further from start to finish, or moving elementary schools to the second wave of buses.
“It was felt that neither of the first two choices listed were feasible,” Hartzler stated, “especially considering the severe shortage of bus drivers.”
One of the primary reasons for the change was to decrease the amount of wait time after school for the middle school students creating a more controlled and safer environment. There was also a desire to separate the sixth and seventh grade arrival and departure times due to current overlapping of buses and traffic issues.
The change in school hours will allow the district to continue to provide the current number of shuttles scheduled throughout the school day. The proposed schedule meets the request to have 7th and 8th grade on the same wave and before the High School and Freshman Academy. It also keeps the High School and Freshman Academy on the same wave. The new times also reduce the overall length of the school day, and the sixth graders will get out of school 10 minutes earlier than the current schedule.