Golson Elementary School start time under consideration

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

Some Jackson County elementary school parents are upset with a decision to change the school's start time in the middle of the academic year. The parents attended Tuesday's school board meeting to complain that changing Golson Elementary's start time from 8 to 8:30 last month creates problems.

The school district made the change because unionized teachers were working unpaid overtime. But the adjustment makes Golson the only elementary in the district with a different start time, and different bus schedules. Some children are catching the bus at 5:45 am and ride for 2 hours. Once they arrive at school they have to wait 45-minutes for class to begin at 8:30.

"Do I think this was well-thought through and planned, I don't think so. And they made the decision without thinking of the consegquences," said parent Larry Waldren. "We need to do what is convenient for parents and the do the right thing for the children. I don't see how moving to 8:30 does that," said Dr. Terry Nichols of the Jackson County School Board.

Board members made a motion to change the start time back to 8am. But the superintendent suggested the issue be tabled so the principal and the parents could discuss it more before a vote.


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  • by Correction Location: Marianna on Dec 16, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    The children get more academic time now than they did before. Now, instead of being with a "wheel" teacher they are with their "academics" teacher. While the teacher was at planning they child was at P.E. or Music and such and now instead of being in those classes they are in the classroom. No class time has been lost.
  • by School Location: Marianna on Dec 16, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    They were in P.E. everyday so yes it was a class. They were getting 200 minutes of P.E. per week and are now getting 150. They now go to P.E. 3 times a week versus 5 times a week before. Golson students start later but they also stay later than other elementary schools.
  • by Lee Location: Marianna on Dec 16, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    so you are saying while the teachers were in the planning period, the students were also in a planning period, or were they in a class? The principal said they cut 30 minutes out of "wheel" which is a class. the students at Golson have 30 minutes less in school than all other elementary students in the same school district. That is what the educators on the Board have a problem with.
  • by School Location: Marianna on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    The children have not lost 30 minutes from the class day because teacher's planning period was cut when the change was made.
  • by Lee Location: Marianna on Dec 16, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    the school is Golson Elementary. The bell time was 7:50, then 8:00, now 8:30. Ending time is the same, so 30 minutes has been removed from the class day. The teacher work day was changed from 7 hours 45 minutes to 7 hours 15 minutes.
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