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.