CPS Superintendent Proposes Later Start Time for High Schools

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago February 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013 Monday, February 11 2013 Monday, February 11, 2013 3:07:00 AM CST in News
By: Elise Oggioni

COLUMBIA - After the Columbia Board of Education turned down a plan in January to have local high schools start at 7:20 a.m. next year, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher is making a push tonight for high schools to have the latest start time in the district: 9 A.M.

The plan to have high schools start first was quashed last month after backlash from students, parents and staff. Now, Belcher is suggesting high schools have a day that runs from 9 A.M. until 4:05 P.M.

 

The Columbia Public School Board and a district committee have spent the past few months discussing ways to change start times for next year's school calendar to fit a three-tier bus system that will stagger pickups among three groups of students instead of the current two.

Belcher sent a letter to the board February 5th with the latest proposal, saying high schools have flexibility because they can offer classes that start before the official school start time and students can take online courses.

In the plan, middle schools and some elementary schools would start between 7:20 and 7:30 A.M. and dismiss between a little after 2:30 P.M. The rest of the elementary schools would start at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at around 3:20 p.m. Suggested elementary schools for the earlier start time include Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway, Benton, Rock Bridge and Two Mile Prairie because they have the longest bus routes.

At the January board meeting, elementary teachers asked to start the day first, saying if they started later children could be in day care up to two hours before school starts and potentially fall asleep by the end of the day. There also are concerns with other areas, such as special education.

District Committee Chairwoman Christine King said some school board members made it clear they wanted high school to start last. She said she plans to make a recommendation to reconsider high schools starting first. No matter how the schedule turns out, she said there "absolutely" will be backlash from some groups.

Belcher will formally present the proposal at the board's meeting Monday night at 6:30 P.M. The board will either vote at its Feb. 21 work session or March 11 board meeting.

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the sale of more than... More >>
28 minutes ago May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016 Friday, May 27 2016 Friday, May 27, 2016 6:49:21 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of Kansas City's new streetcars has been damaged in a wreck with a car.... More >>
46 minutes ago May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016 Friday, May 27 2016 Friday, May 27, 2016 6:31:29 AM CDT in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you looked at the sky Thursday evening you might have noticed a few mysterious and ominous clouds... More >>
11 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:16:00 PM CDT in Weather
COLUMBIA – Boone County Family Resources celebrated 40 years of service to people with developmental disabilities. Robyn Kaufman is... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:11:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - You expect hospitals to be accredited and your school to be accredited, so why not public health?... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:37:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Through a public records request, KOMU 8's Target 8 investigative team got ahold of more than 400 pages... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:27:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced on Thursday an underground cave is the home... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:19:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Back in December 2015, KOMU 8 News got a tip about how the Columbia Goodwill Store off Grindstone... More >>
13 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri Senate staffer has begun reviewing Planned Parenthood's internal records, including procedures for fetal tissue... More >>
14 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:05:58 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN - On May 22, 2011, 1,308 pets who lost their homes in a matter of seconds when the Joplin... More >>
14 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:41:57 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Window washers at MU Women's and Children's Hospital dressed as superheroes Thursday morning. Batman, Superman and Spiderman... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) expects a lot more traffic to hit the roadways this Memorial... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – With Memorial day just around the corner, people will be hearing from veterans charities. The Better Business Bureau... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:19:55 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A former state lawmaker is suing over an associate University of Missouri law professor and attorney... More >>
16 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County prosecuting attorney charged a man in the shooting deaths of two men last September. ... More >>
16 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:02:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY — Two people received minor injuries after their car slid into a ditch early Thursday morning. The... More >>
17 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury ordered Monsanto and three other companies to pay more than $46 million... More >>
17 hours ago May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016 Thursday, May 26 2016 Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:40:42 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
8am 69°
9am 71°
10am 74°
11am 76°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
7:00a
Intelligence for Your Life
7:30a
Cops Reloaded
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
8:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld