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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC — Staggered school scheduling, which started this year in Brunswick County, has cause quite a bit of controversy. Concerned parents were able to voice their opinions at a special Brunswick Couty School Board meeting Tuesday night.

“I’m at the point where I’m ready to take my kids out of traditional school because it is affecting their education,” said Angela Morris, a Brunswick County parent.

The Brunswick County School Board says that it changed to a staggered day schedule in order to save over $500,000 annually.

The new schedule allows the county’s school system to use 20% less school buses and to reduce their routes. Parents say the adjustment is not working…

“Even though the schedule may have shifted a little bit, 15 minutes as chairwoman Shirley Babson was saying, it still makes a world of difference when it comes to dropping off children, catching the bus and traffic issues,” said Nicole Smith, another Brunswick County parent.

Some parents are concerned about how the drop off and pick up schedule effects their work day, saying that many professions do not have flexible hours. Others talked about how their kids ware spending a lot more time on the bus, cutting into time of post-school activities.

Although this meeting was just a public discussion to hear theses issues, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden has not ruled out a future change.

“The board is getting information from this meeting and from other sources in the community and they will make a decision, I predict, in the spring of the year for the coming school year,” said Pruden.

Not all parents at Tuesday’s meeting necessarily feel the change is wrong, some understand a change had to be made in the tough economy.

“People get used to doing things a certain way and really don’t want to change that often and I understand some of the hardships but what do you do if the money is not there to pay for it,” said Joseph Stanley.

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