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Greenwich Residents Can Discuss School Start Times At Meetings

Greenwich Schools Superintendent William McKersie
Greenwich Schools Superintendent William McKersie Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn., -- Greenwich residents will have a chance to understand and discuss school start time proposals at several planned meetings.

Seven options were generated by School Bus Consultants and are based on many of the options originally identified by the School Start Time Steering Committee last fall.

The committee was presented all seven options for review at its bimonthly, public meeting March 18. The first community engagement session will be Wednesday at Central Middle School.

Each of the seven options presents start and end times for all elementary and secondary schools, as well as their budget implications. The estimated amount of extra sleep time minutes gained for high school students also is included with each option. The options also are accompanied by a set of comments from the consultants.

The meetings will allow parents, staff, students and the community to share their feedback. A comprehensive list of dates and times for the sessions can be found on the district’s website , as well as listed below.

A parent, student and staff survey will be disseminated April 13-27. The survey will provide another opportunity for the district to ascertain preferences and perspectives regarding the bell-time options.

April 6, 7 p.m.: Community engagement session  -- presentation of options - Central Middle School.

April 7, 9 a.m.: Community engagement session -- presentation of options – Greenwich Public Library.

April 7, 7 p.m.: Board of education work session - Havemeyer Boardroom - presentation of options; no public comment.

April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Community engagement session -- presentation of options – Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

April 21, 7 p.m.: Board of education regular meeting - Riverside School -- opportunity for public comment.

May 12, 7 p.m.: Board of education work session – North Street School - superintendent presents start time recommendation to board; no public comment.

May 23, 7 p.m.: Community engagement session on superintendent's recommendation – Central Middle School.

May 24, 9 a.m.: Community engagement session on superintendent's recommendation – Town Hall Meeting Room.

May 26, 7 p.m.: Board of education regular meeting – Western Middle School, opportunity for public comment.

June 14, 7 p.m.: Board of education regular meeting - New Lebanon School. Board votes on superintendent’s recommendation; opportunity for public comment.

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