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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — At a Tuesday night meeting, The Brunswick County Board of Education decided staggered start times were the way to go. In a 3-2 vote, the board decided elementary schools will start at 7:50 a.m., middle schools will start at 8:50 a.m., and high schools will start at 8:55 a.m.

The board says the new schedules will save the school system $525,000 annually and could save 10 teaching positions from being cut. John Barham says as a parent, he wasn’t always sure about the new schedules, but he thinks it is the best choice.

“The fact that you can save 10 permanent teaching positions affects so many people,” Barham said. “It affects the teachers, it affects the economy, but it really helps and affects the children as well. If the teachers had been cut, that could have made the classroom sizes higher and the attention that the students would get would be less.”

Barham says there are some disadvantages to the new plan, but he says the cons are minor and should be workable.

“When you get to the high school students, they’re starting later. If they have any extra curricular activities,” Barham said. “How is that going to be affected? How are sports going to be affected?”

The board says the efficiency ratings of the school system will skyrocket because of this decision. Since they buses are not needed at the same time, about 30 less buses will be on the road, daily.

Barham says although he knows that change is difficult and often times seen as negative, he thinks it will be worth it in the end.

“Just the fact of the economy of the way it is right now and being able to save the money… I think the ends justify the means,” Barham said.

The new schedules will go into effect at the beginning of next school year. This decision is part of a list of reductions that board members had to vote on Tuesday in order to close a $5.7 million budget deficit.


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  • Guest1000000000

    1- I received the phone call from the Bruns. Cty Schools as a message bc I was not able to answer the phone. I had NO way to voice my opinion. Nor was there ANY other opportunity to do so. I think this was VERY unproffesional and unorganized way of obtaining tne information. It was not a vote by the parents, only the parents who were home or not working to be able to answer the phone. I looked for a paper vote that week thinking to be sure they would have that kinda of sense. – NOT these people
    2- So now that we have it stated that this was not fair…
    3 – I think this is on a road to many problems. If the ten teachers jobs saved are going to help the students, actually care about the students outcomes and success then I am better with that decision. However, my 8 years of experience with the school system is that no matter how many emails and phone calls a parent makes– they don’t try any harder to help me child. AND they are very good students and never a trouble maker.
    4- I think i would rather have put the money towards more support for the teachers we do have to help them with the classroom and supplies, versus stretch it out anymore
    5- Also, for all the parents who leave as soon as their middle schoolers get on the bus at 7:00 or so, so they can go to work — now I know these “sleep patterns” they are saying helped their decision…. sleep patterns??? therefore they will sleep past their alarm bc the parents are gone to work…. then they miss school…. then the kids miss work… then the school calls the parents… kids do need responsibility…. but a parent still is responsible to make sure they are at school. I will call the school board to pick my child up because I am working… yeah right.
    6- I am very happy that alot of parents are not affected bc they are flexible at work or are fortunate not to have to work….. but I will rather put my child at a private school in Wilmington than deal with this school system.
    7- Rather than worrying about the kids sleep patterns and school learning…. start paying attention to the needs of your teachers now-
    8- Many more checkouts for doctor and dentist appts now…. many try for after school to not interrupt the school day… now it will not matter!
    This is a disaster in the making…. I have read many articles about a four day week that had WAY better results than this bell system starting at 9

  • Katelynn

    Im currently a high schooler in brunswick county and i think the time change is a really good idea, because as high schoolers we do get a lot of work and it gives us more sleep after a long night of homework and staying up late to finish it. And most of us have jobs so the extra time really does help a lot. So im really excited for the time difference to start next school year.

  • lynn raeburn

    I think it is about time the people in charge start thinking outside of the box. I commend everyone for taking a chance. This might work or it may not work. You will never know unless you try. Gee that sounds like something teachers try to develop in their students. Creative thinking for solutions in today’s world. Way to go. And, by the way, if you read any studies about start times for students you will see that the younger the child the earlier they go to bed at night , because of their physical make-up. And,the older a student gets, their body naturally doesn’t shut down until later. So, it makes sense to start later for high school. It might be time to re-evaluate extra curricula.

  • Works in Ed

    Cut out all the bureaucrat administrators from raliegh, all the paper pushers that are only around b/c of NCLB. We all know that whole bill was a complete failure. Great idea in principle but totally asinine in practice. All it did was create more jobs for people to assess schools, instead of funding schools with better training, supplies, technology, tutors, etc..

    The academic suits that make 70k a year for attending meetings, philosophizing, observing schools, and scaring the s*** out of real educators during their visits, should be the ones who find themselves without a job this year. Let the principal and administrators of each school be responsible for how it spends it’s share of the money. That’s the problem with public schools is that someone who lives 200 miles away ends up making decisions that affect every school system, and every school system is so different, and has different needs. We need to limit how much the special interest politicians in Raleigh can affect our schools.

  • Guest12345

    It’s also not the purpose of public education to FORCE child care on the parents because the leaders in Raleigh have been spending carelessly. The whole ideology behind staggering bus times was that it would cut costs AND be a benefit to the students, being as later ages need more sleep. The point wendy made, and it obviously went right over your head, was that this does not allow kids to sleep longer as they will have to be at a child care facility early in the morning. So how does this help students or parents? It doesn’t. It helps bail out the politicians in Raleigh who have been using our tax money and lottery money to fund special projects.

  • Guest1234

    The purpose of public education is NOT to provide parents with free child care!!! There are daycare providers that open early in the morning and stay open well into the evening. They will put your child on the bus and you can have your child dropped off there instead of your home. Of course, you will have to pay them. If you can’t stay home with your child or pay for daycare then you shouldn’t have children!

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