Few things cause blood pressures to spike more than discussions about driving ability, politics, religion – or school starting times.
After a year of School Board discussions, community involvement and, of course, a consultant and scientific study, Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop says she wants to have high school and middle school students begin classes later – and elementary school students to begin earlier.
She would have high school begin and end 30 minutes later, with classes from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Elementary school would start 15 minutes earlier, with classes from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Middle school would begin one hour, 15 minutes later, with classes from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be three community meetings next month about the recommended schedule change – which would take effect next year – and a board vote in October.
Why do all this? Well, there is the touted improved performance, attendance and graduation rates for middle and high school students. Oh, and we believe this may be the most important reason, Bishop says the differing start times will prevent the district from spending additional millions of dollars to bus its students.
The disruptions and expense big and small for working families and their children apparently are not part of the school-start picture. The public hearings next month should be a hoot.