WFISD Board Tables Potential Start Time Change

At their meeting on Monday night, the WFISD school board decided to postpone voting on a potential school start time change for next school year. 
The board is looking at changing the start times of elementary schools to 7:45 a.m. and middle and high schools to 8:30 a.m.
According to research the board has been studying, teens benefit from later start times because their sleep patterns are different. 
At the last meeting, there were some complaints about a possible change impacting parents’ job schedules, fine arts and athletics, but the discussion went back to the research that states the change would better for students. 
On Monday night, a parent voiced concerns for early morning athletics and other activities after school that would end a lot later if the times were changed. 
Board members unanimously agreed that they needed more time to discuss this. 
“I am concerned about working on some of these details. There’s lots of scenarios. There’s lots of options out there for us for start and stop times and how we do that. I just don’t think tonight’s the time to do that,” superintendent Michael Kuhrt said. 
“I want to hear more information. I’m glad they tabled it, so we can get some more information about how that’s going to work and affect the students. So, I’m looking forward to seeing that,” Julia Vasquez, a parent, said. 
WFISD officials say they don’t know when the board will pick the issue back up, but they expect them to in the coming weeks. 

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