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The February 12 Meeting began with association representative comments. There were no comments from NCAESS or SEIO. NCEA representatives said they had sent out the draft of the common high school start/stop times and had heard that many certified staff members didn’t have an opportunity to review it.
Next the group reviewed the previous recommendation of the common high school schedule, which was clarified to be matching start/stop times and matching collaborative times only. The variances can be within the school day.
The previous recommendation, including transportation system modifications, was reviewed by Cabinet and asked to be re-worked. Syd Webb, NCSD’s Transportation Director, responded with a 3-tier system that would support the common start/stop times as presented in the common schedule.
The amended recommendation is as follows:
The Academy-Based Learning Standing Committee recommends the deployment of a 3 Tier System approach using a “Bus Hub” mechanism to accommodate the proposed high school schedule and to meet Cabinet’s requirements of not impacting other school level schedules and have little to no fiscal impact on the district budgeting process. This is similar to the current transportation design, but would incorporate a Bus Hub.
Grade Level Tiers (3)
Tentative Bus Hub Location
Relevant Pros and Cons
|Middle school schedule unchanged||Ridership time increased|
|Common high school schedule||Continued overtime expense|
|Elementary schedule unchanged||Increasing drivers|
|Meets high school schedule priorities||Possible expense for site improvements at bus hubs|
|Agility to transportation system – less impact with changes to system||Communication to parents|
|Increased activity appeasement||Activity start time at middle and high schools|
|Minimal amount of organizational stress||Does not improve activity support|
|Monitors ride buses to support drivers|
|Reduce bus confusion at school sites|
|Access to all schools|
|Later start supports adolescent learning|
Some concerns have come from Park Elementary regarding their status as a bus hub home. Rumors have circulated that Park’s potential for a new building will be impacted by their bus hub status. That is not true. The Wyoming School Facilities Commission, with legislative approval, determines schedules for building new schools.
The group discussed the common features of the schedule:
– Collaboration times for adults at 7:30 a.m.
– 5 minute passing periods
– Student start time (8:20 a.m.) and student end time (3:24 p.m.)
– 1st lunch period is travel time for students attending classes at CAPS facility
– At least two collaboration periods are without students per week
– Leniency for RHS and MHS regarding lunch and passing periods, and end time
The group discussed the need for agreeing on common collaboration adult times. The group agreed to make those days Mondays and Wednesdays.
The next Academy-based Learning Standing Committee meeting is April 9.