Brunswick Co. school leaders approve change in school start times
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Elementary school students in Brunswick county will start their school day an hour later than high school and middle school students in the 2013-14 school year.

After receiving input from the community and much discussion, the Board of Education made the decision for the change. A community survey showed 54 percent of respondents in favor of secondary schools starting the school day first with 46 percent favoring elementary school beginning first.

Waccamaw School will start at the same time as secondary schools in 2013-14. Brunswick County Academy and Early College High School will keep their current start time.

Transportation Director Bobby Taylor and staff will now begin working on the revision of routes for the new school year.

Summary of 2013-14 start times:
North Brunswick High 7:45-2:45
South Brunswick High 7:45-2:45
West Brunswick High 7:45-2:45
Leland Middle School 7:55-2:55
South Brunswick MS/Cedar Grove MS 7:55-2:55
Shallotte Middle School 8:00-3:00
All Elementary 8:45-3:45

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I find it hard to believe that the surveys they sent out came back in favor of this schedule. They tried it last year and nobody I know liked it. It is ridiculous. I have yet to see one person say exactly how these schedules save money. It can't be about busing because the high schools and middle schools share buses and that won't change. There is no point in having the elementary schools on a separate schedule because they will still be using the same buses. The staffing won't change. So, please explain to us how this saves money.

Obviously, Brunswick County Board of Education did not consider parents who work for a living and have to be at work at or before 8:00 and have children in elementary schools. My family will be turned upside down because of the staggard start schedule. We can not afford to report to our jobs 1-2 hours late per day. Someone may loose their job. So, guess who will NOT get our votes in the next BOE elections? Brunswick County has always had a bad reputation for poor education. Now, I know why.

Hopefully the school will have an early drop-off for parents who have to be at work by 8 am. Elementary age students do not need to be left home alone to wait for a school bus. If CIS is the answer, how about the BC Commissioners covering the fees!

Why should the BC Commissioners cover the cost of CIS early dropoff programs, this was a decision by the BC Board of Education. The school system budget should cover any costs, they already recaive a large amount of funds from the county for education purposes, if they make a decision that causes hardships for working families, then they should figure it out.

I agree 100%. I don't think I will be able to keep my job coming in an hour late everyday. I have a high school child as well. Already hard to get the older ones out of bed, now to try to that even earlier everyday. CIS should be available starting at 7:30 and it should be free!!!!!