Update: Lewis Central Delays Action on Schedule Changes

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Changes in the school schedule can be a jolt for families and Lewis Central has some possible changes in the works.

Some of the parents in the district are a upset because their already hectic morning routines might get a little more tricky.

Tentative schedules for Kreft Primary and Titan Hill Intermediate schools go before the school board Monday night.

Here are the proposed changes.

  • Kreft would begin school at 8:20 instead of the 9 a.m. start time they have now. They would still end at 3:20
  • At Titan Hill, school start time would be moved to 8:50 instead of 9. Their end time would be 3:50 instead of 3:30.

This has parents wondering why they need to be at school for another 30 or 40 minutes.

The late dismissal at Titan Hill has parents concerned about children who live far away from school getting home during dusk in the fall and winter months. They also say it will make it more difficult to get to after-school activities.

In advance of the meeting, parents said they had yet to hear why these changes are being made in the first place.

During Monday evening's session the board explained that the added 30 to 40 minutes is to meet new state regulations.

But due to the large size of the district, bus transportation often takes an hour. That, combined with the new times, would result in some kids getting home at 5 o’clock or later.

One parent said, “I'm a special needs parent. So we have therapies that are after school and, you know, doctors’ offices don't stay open till 7 p.m. They’re also not open on the weekends and it’s not a choice. This is not an option for my son to miss.”

At least 10 parents addressed the board but no action was taken Monday night. The matter was tabled.

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