College Station ISD considering changing school start times

POSTED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Texas school districts continue to suffer from massive budget cuts and College Station ISD is no different.

Now the school is looking for new ways to save at least $4.5 million next year but one proposal being discussed, isn't sitting well with parents.

Getting the kids to school on time is enough of a challenge but what if those start times change?

That's a reality College Station parents may have to face next year.

"This would just be a move that would change times and build in more time in between the start of each campus in order for us to use the same buses," said Dr. Eddie Coulson, College Station ISD Superintendent.

The school district wants to change the current two tiered bus system to a three tiered one, which would save an estimated $200,000.

"We're able to save that money because we're able to run fewer buses and having fewer buses means savings in personnel costs, savings in maintenance costs, including fuel," Coulson said.

Under the three tier system schools would start at 7:25, 8:05 or 8:45 depending on your child's grade level but not everyone is happy about the idea.

"It's going to create a lot of difficulties for working parents. I know that when Carl has a really tight schedule you know, I jump in to help him but not all families have that luxury," said Ana Maria Norris.

Dr. Coulson said he understands parent's concerns but the cuts are necessary to save money.

"It's one of those issues you have to balance the savings versus the impact that it would have on the community."

The school board is expected to make a decision by December.

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