Updated: Columbia Public Schools Discuss Changing Start Times

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago January 09, 2013 Jan 9, 2013 Wednesday, January 09 2013 Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:14:00 PM CST in News
By: Martin Sutovsky

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools will discuss a proposal next week that could result in changes for student's morning routines. A Columbia school board transportation committee recommended a proposal this week to the district to switch from the current two-tier bell system to a three-tier system. Under the three-tier system high schools would start at 7:20 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m., and end at 2:30 p.m. instead of 2:50 p.m..

Elementary school students would start at 9:10 a.m. instead of 8:50 a.m. and dismiss at 4:10 p.m. while the current dismisal time is 3:45 p.m..

Middle school students will also have new times, starting at 8:10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3:20 p.m. instead of 3 p.m..

Although some parents are upset with the proposed time changes, the new system is supposed to eliminate some current problems.

For instance, because of the introduction of Battle High School and the removal of junior high schools, some middle school children would have to share a bus home with high schoolers.

Columbia Public Schools board member Christine King said, "Parents like the two-tiered system because of the start times, but what they don't like about it is that we have middle schoolers, junior high and high school kids all sharing buses, and that's not good. So this system allows us to keep our high schoolers separate and then our middle schoolers and elementary kids all in a different tier."

Earlier end times for high schoolers would better accomodate after-school activities and part-time jobs, despite many parents complaining of struggles to wake their kids that early.

A three-tier system would also save the school district on transportation and make the system more efficient. With more efficient routes and staggered times for all three tiers, the district will need less buses and can offer current bus drivers more working hours.

The system change is expected to save the school district a million dollars per year.

Once a three-tier system is established, exact start and close times for schools could be tweaked as needed, but no matter what it will be difficult to work out a proposal that will make everybody happy.

"Honestly no matter which way we go whether we keep it the same...whether we take middle school, high school- elementary, high school- elementary- middle school, we are not gonna please more than 50 percent, of our patrons...staff. It's just, there's too many variables", said King.

Michelle Baumstark, Columbia Public Schools community relations coordinator, added that although the current proposal has high schoolers in the first tier, that could change based on community feedback.

She also said that the proposal used feedback from a Columbia Public Schools survey of parents.

The school board will discuss the proposal at its meeting next Monday but won't take any action yet.

 

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 28-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to two life terms for fatally stabbing a rural southwest... More >>
1 hour ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:26 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Safe Kids Columbia unveiled its new Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit Saturday. Children also learned about safety while... More >>
1 hour ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital gave community members a chance to receive a variety of free cancer screenings at their 3rd... More >>
1 hour ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:54:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY — A woman was hospitalized after crashing her car on Highway 63 Saturday afternoon. The Southern Boone... More >>
1 hour ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:49:00 PM CDT in News
CHICAGO - The NFL Draft has called and Mizzou answered. Today three former Missouri Tigers were selected in the... More >>
2 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Junior Golf Foundation opened the Ken Lanning Golf Center Saturday morning. The golf course... More >>
2 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of mid-Missourians gathered at Bass Pro Shops Lake Saturday morning for the fifth annual "Float Your Boat... More >>
2 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — There are two weeks left for the Missouri Legislature to pass bills, and some Democrats are... More >>
4 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:27:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said Saturday a man who they arrested on Wednesday has died. ... More >>
8 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
MEXICO — Parents, teachers and potential foster parents are taking the opportunity to offer their kids a better life by... More >>
11 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:15:00 AM CDT in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Republicans are choosing 40 of the 57 Missouri delegates to their national convention and many may not... More >>
11 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:56:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A town hall meeting to explain an updated development code for the city of Columbia was held Saturday... More >>
13 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — What was supposed to be a simple meet and greet resulted in a change of location and some... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — High school students from all over the state traveled to Columbia for the MSHSAA Music Festival, the state-level... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri residents will see more insects this Spring and Summer because temperatures did not hit below freezing enough... More >>
22 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 7:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia utility department recently sent out 8,000 incorrect utility bills. Assistant Director Jim Windsor... More >>
23 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Senior Activity Center began its two-day spring garage sale on Friday. The annual garage sale... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is always trying to find new ways to reach our audience. Following a fatal... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:00:00 PM CDT in Your View
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
6pm 73°
7pm 72°
8pm 67°
9pm 64°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00p
Paid Program
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
5:00p
Crazy Talk
5:30p
Crazy Talk
6:00p
Cheaters

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld