Mixed opinions on change in school start times

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Submitted: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 2:03am
Updated: Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:02pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Elementary students will start their school day an hour later than high school and middle school students.

The change in time is effective for the 2013-14 school year.

“It will be interesting to see how it will all work out,” Tinisha Green said.

Next year, Green will have a child in middle school and a child in elementary school. She said the staggered start times will work well with her schedule.

“I do work. My husband works. I normally get in about 9 o’clock so dropping them off to school will kind of be get dressed, drop off, drop off again, and I go to work. It will all kind of flow for me,” Green said.

Other parents are not so keen on the change.

“I’m not too happy with it,” Kellie Wells said. “It would just be easier for everyone to get up and get going.”

The change in start times will put more than $1 million back into the Brunswick County school system.


  • cahf says:

    No consideration for the working parents. What are u supposed to do with your child when your husband’s workday begins at 7 am and the wife’s workday begins at 8 am and your child doesn’t begin school until 9 am. The county may save money but the parents will have to pay for morning child care or be late for work everyday and then be fired from your job. Why doesn’t the school board quit screwing with our lives and stick with a traditional schedule for everyone.

  • Guest000000 says:

    By cutting the number of school buses that must be leased or purchased, and maintained. Also reduces the number of drivers needed. Instead of needing 2 buses to run the same route for elementary and middle/high school it only takes one. It’s a huge savings.

  • Guest000000 says:

    That is exactly what I’m saying, because that is exactly what is happening.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Are you actually saying that they will drop off the middle school kids and high school kids then go back and pick up the elementary school kids and vice versa for the afternoon?

  • Guest2020 says:

    How does the staggered school schedule save money? This has nothing to do with parental responsibility. But having a job does.

  • Guest000000 says:

    Funny how everyone wants the government to cut back and save money wherever possible until it directly affects them. “Government is too big! It should stop spending money! (just don’t stop spending it on me).

  • RJ says:

    I am all for saving tax payer money and shared resources. It is a shame on how the choice was made. There were scientific studies presented to the board showing that elementry school children would benefit from the early start time. The choice was made due to economics and athletics. The older kids that are capable of getting themselves off to school with minimal parental help are the chosen ones because the early release allows them to take part in after school jobs as well as athletic programs. The younger children with working parents will suffer the most. The parents schedule will have to be altered to get the kids off to school for the early start time.

  • Sarah says:

    SO HAPPY….the later start time would have caused a problem in this house!!

  • Sarah says:

    This works well for our busy household. I know others will not be as fortunate. I just hope the schedule is not changed again next year.

  • Guest Reply says:

    How will this affect home schooling?

  • liberdee says:

    What about those parents who are not so fortunate to work Bankers hours and start at 9am. Most peaple need to be to work much earlier that that!

  • B M says:

    newsflash, we are talking about school, not day care, part of parenting comes planning and responsibility, if staggered times save the taxpayers 1 red cent then it’s a no brainer, should have never changed back, 1 woman , a county commisioners wife, got the start time changed back and thus cost the taxpayers millions, now we are back into the conservation mode.

  • Guest JJ says:

    I was blown away by this change and cannot imagine how the votes turned out this way. I assume most parents have to work and a typical work day starts at 8:00. Our elementary school does not currently offer a before/after school program. So do I quit working, go in late everyday, get a 2nd shift job?! The older kids can get themselves ready and on a bus, but I can’t leave my 7 year old home alone to get herself to school. So if a staggered start really saves all this money, why not keep a staggered start in the reverse order, elementary- middle- high. I know my opinion isn’t going to change anything, but maybe it will be reconsidered if enough people speak up. Good luck to us all this next school year!

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