ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — The Rochester Public Schools Board trimmed its options for school start times Tuesday night.
The board had the option to either choose one of four options or reject all four together. Two survived a discussion that lasted more than 90 minutes.
“What I hope we can focus on is what is going to be best for our kids and I think right now that our focus has to be that,” said RPS Board Vice Chair Jean Marvin. “Adolescents do better when they start later. To me, that should be thing one.”
Every member on the board except Don Barlow voted Option C as their favorite. The overwhelming majority of secondary votes were for Option B. Barlow’s favorites were Option B followed by Option D.
The main difference between the two option are which grade levels start first. Option C has high school and middle school students starting at 9:15 a.m. with the bell ringing for elementary school students at 8 a.m. Option B has the elementary school students starting at 9:35 a.m. with the older students beginning at 8:20 a.m.
The board is asking district staff to try and have route plans and cost projections for both options worked out in two weeks. However, a final vote isn’t expected until at the next board meeting on Oct. 6.