Fayette County School District Could Impose New Time Changes

The school board says the effort will minimize long bus rides, late bus drop offs and early morning bus pick up times. The school board will consider adjusting start and dismissal times at every school in the district. The possible changes, 15 minutes or less for most schools in the county, are designed to improve bus service for kids and better utilize transportation resources.

The school board’s discussion meeting will be tonight at 5:30 p.m. The board is expected to vote on the changes at its action meeting on May 21 at 6 p.m.

Currently, the district has four different start times with 30 minutes between each. Elementary schools start either at 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. High schools, and LTMS, SCAPA and Bryan Station Middle School start at 8:30 a.m. Other middle schools start at 9 a.m. and Martin Luther King Academy starts at 7:30 a.m.

Under the new proposal, most elementary schools would start at 7:45 a.m., with a few elementary schools starting at 8:25 a.m. High schools, SCAPA and LTMS would start at 8:25 a.m. and most other middle schools would start at 9:05 a.m. Bryan Station Middle School would start at 8:55 a.m. and MLK would start at 9:05 a.m.

The recommendation was developed after more than two years of study and review, which included input from community, parents and staff. The school board says they tried to postpone making the adjustments, but the situation has reached a critical point.

For 47 percent of students in the school district, the start and dismissal time change would be just 5 minutes. For 41 percent of the students in the district, the proposal is a 15 minute shift. For 11 percent of the district’s students, start and dismissal times will change by 25 minutes. And the biggest change affects less than 1 percent of the students in the district who attend a special program.

As a result, bus pick up times have had to be moved earlier, bus routes have had to be extended, and buses are late dropping students off at school and taking them home in the afternoon far too often. The proposal to adjust school start and dismissal times at every school in the district is designed to address all of these concerns. The new possible times are as follows.
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SCHOOL NAME Current Start Time Proposed 2007-2008 Start Time Current Dismissal Time Proposed 2007-2008 Dismissal Time
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Arlington 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Ashland 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Athens-Chilesburg 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Academy 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Breckinridge 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Cardinal Valley 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Cassidy 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Clays Mill 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Deep Springs 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Dixie 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Garden Springs 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Glendover 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Harrison 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
James Lane Allen 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Johnson 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Julia R. Ewan 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Julius Marks 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Lansdowne 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Linlee 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Mary Todd 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Maxwell 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Meadowthorpe 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Millcreek 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Northern 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Picadome 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Rosa Parks 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Russell Cave 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Southern Elementary 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Squires 8 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Stonewall 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Tates Creek Elementary 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Veterans Park 7:30 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
Yates 8 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 2:50 p.m. 2:35 p.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Beaumont 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Bryan Station Middle 8:30 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 3:40 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Crawford 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Edthye J. Hayes 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Jessie Clark 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Leestown 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
LTMS 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:40 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Morton 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
SCAPA 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:40 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Southern Middle 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Tates Creek Middle 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
Winburn 9 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 3:50 p.m. 3:55 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOLS
Bryan Station High 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Dunbar High 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Henry Clay High 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Lafayette High 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Tates Creek High 8:30 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Martin Luther King Academy 7:30 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 2:20 p.m. 3:55 p.m.


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  • by concerned parent Location: lexington on May 8, 2007 at 12:34 PM
    I moved here from the suburbs of Chicago. The school times there really worked well. High School started first,then middle and elementary last. This really helped to discipline the high school students to prepare for college life with those early morning classes. If teeneagers had to be at school around 8:00, maybe they would get to bed earlier and more would stay out of trouble??? just an idea...
  • by william Location: Lexington on May 8, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    It seems like as time goes on school times become later and later. For those parents who take their kids to school it becomes a real problem especially with the later starting time. It is almost as if we are telling our children that it is alright to sleep until 8:30a.m. On the other end of the spectrum there will be more traffic congestion later in the day. In the winter time there will be kids that won't get home until after dark. My suggestion would be that if they are going to have later start times there should be a study room for those who arrive early who might want to study. My daughter's elementary school starts at 7:25a.m in the morning. For the past several months I have dropped her off at school because she loves doing extra school activities. Going from 7:00a.m. until 8:55 a.m. will be like going from Eastern time to Mountain time. I understand the reasoning behind changing the times but parents should have an option to take their kids to school at an earlier time and feel that their children are able to study prior to school and are in a safe atmosphere while doing so. Thank you.
  • by Anonymous Location: Fayette county on May 7, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    I don't think it is fair that Scapa is going to start earlier next year and get out later. We already go longer then most middle schools so why should we have our day even longer? I am speaking for all students and for my child.

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