As noted in today's article, a number of the more than 6,200 responses to the survey have complained that the time changes would result in higher costs for before- and after-school care. Parents talked about how they have incorporated the current schedule into their tight work schedules.
"I do NOT want to lose my job over having to change my hours nor do I want to pay money for before AND afterschool care," said Nicole Hardy in the survey about the change at Sycamore Creek Elementary "50 minutes of change is TOO much."
Some parents said that even a 10-minute change in time could require them to have to pay for before school care.
A number of comments pointed to research about teens needing more sleep to question changes that would put several high schools on an earlier 7:25 a.m. start time.
"It has been proven that teenagers need more sleep," said Reed Parks on the change to Broughton High. "In particular they need sleep in the mornings. Why would we put any child in a position not to have their best shot at a productive school day. This is crazy to me."
Some commenters blamed the changes on the new student assignment plan.
"We most wholeheartedly oppose this proposal - this idea only 'saves' money because of the impact of the 'choice' plan - had it not been for the absurd cost of the recent (and unnecessary) "choice" plan (the numerous bus route changes required for it, and the inefficiency of facility use that it creates) this draconian "savings" effort (and its impact on the entire community) would be simply unnecessary," said Nathan Rudy about the change to Adams Elementary.
Superintendent Tony Tata denied during his press conference on Friday that they were proposing the changes because of the plan. He said that Wake's efficiency rating wad dropping under the old plan so changes in bus routing would have been needed regardless of what plan was used.
"It’s got nothing to do with the assignment plan," Tata said. "It’s got everything to do with maintaining our efficiency rating on transportation and trying to be more efficient."
While in the minority among the responses, the proposed bell schedule changes got praise too.
"Thank you for trying to create a more efficient bus schedule that will save us money," said Sherri Pinkham commenting about the changes at River Bend Elementary.
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