Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Survey opposes changes in school times




By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County parents overwhelmingly voted against changing school start times for next year, in response to a district survey.

        School officials asked parents about delaying the start times. However, nearly two-thirds of the parents who returned the survey voted to keep the current schedule.

        School officials said the times will likely stay the same because of the strong opposition to change. Surveys were sent to 4,112 families, asking parents to rank three options:

        • Delay all start times by 30 minutes.

        • Flip the middle and high schools with the elementary schools and start 30 minutes later.

        • Make no changes.

        Campbell County's middle and high school students start their day at 7:30 a.m., dismissing at 2:10 p.m. Elementary schools start at 8:30 a.m., dismissing at 3:10 p.m.

        Nearly 40 percent of the surveys were returned, with 1,585 parents responding. Of those, 974 parents voted to keep the current schedule, 413 were in favor of delaying all times, and 198 wanted to reverse the elementary schools with the middle and high schools.

        School officials had considered changing the starting times, in response to a community forum last fall where the changes were recommended to make the schools more “family friendly.”

       



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