Will the less than positive parental response to schedule changes to add more teacher planning time derail the proposal?
As noted in today's article, school board members have heard from a lot of parents who aren't enamored with the proposed changes slated to go into effect in July.
Few parents have contacted board members to say they're in favor of adding 10 minutes to the school day in order to dismiss classes an hour early once a week and to increase the number of early release days.
What will the board do?
To some degree, the board is being forced to act. Unless the board waives policy, it's supposed to adopt bell schedules for the upcoming school year by April 1.
Considering all the budget issues facing the district, Rosa Gill, school board chairwoman, said she'd favor delaying implementation of the additional planning time. This could mean the board saying it's a good idea but we'll hold off until 2010.
The response to the start time changes at 11 schools has been more balanced.
Not surprisingly, families at elementary schools on the second tier have complained to board members about possibly losing their 8:30 a.m. start times. For instance, board member Patti Head said she's heard from a lot of Sycamore Creek Elementary parents who don't want to start later at 9:15 a.m.
(Sycamore Creek could start later to allow York Elementary to begin arlier.)
Also in an online Eastern Wake News article, the PTA president at Wendell Elementary wasn't thrilled about being moved from 8:30 a.m. to the first tier to make way for the East Wake High students to start later.
But board members have also heard from parents happy about the prospect of moving from the third tier to the second tier.
Gill says she was referring to the changes at the 11 schools and not the changes to add more planning time.