The vote to move the start time for Middle Creek Elementary School to 8:30 a.m. for this fall was approved unanimously and with some melodrama.
During public comment, Middle Creek parents supporting the change thanked Superintendent Tony Tata for bringing it forward. Board member Susan Evans said the credit should go to board member Jim Martin for "pleading their case."
Martin thanked Evans but said that Tata and other people had worked hard on it too.
Board member Debra Goldman said she was surprised that Martin had made the motion considering he had voted against the districtwide bell schedules before, including the changes that some parents had sought to prior drafts.
Board member Deborah Prickett echoed the same theme, noting that Martin and board chairman Kevin Hill had voted against the bell schedule. Prickett accused Martin of having voted against families who wanted the new bell schedule.
Martin responded to Prickett by saying he had voted no before because the Middle Creek change wasn't among those included in the version voted on by the board.
Martin said he had also voted no before because he was thinking from a system perspective where he disagreed with so many elementary schools starting so late.