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At Glens Falls, the high school start time remains an issue

At Glens Falls, the high school start time remains an issue

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In case you missed the chance earlier this year to say something about the new start time at Glens Falls High School, you will get another opportunity next month. On Dec. 12, the school board will vote on whether to rescind its decision in May to change the start time from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

Board member Peter Casertino asked for the motion to be added to the agenda to next month's meeting. Therefore, if the board votes yes, the start time will stay at 7:30 a.m. If it votes no, it will change to 8:30 a.m., starting in September of 2012, as planned.

Casertino said he made the request because people did not have a chance to comment on the start time when the board approved it in May. At the time, the motion was not on the agenda.

In addition, the board has two new members in Matthew Conrick and Kevin Rosa, who took office after the May vote. Casertino wants them to have a say in the start time.

In May, the board voted 5-4 to change the start time. The four board members who voted no are still on the board (Casertino included). Two of the five yes votes came from people who are no longer on the board.

A committee has found that the later start time will benefit students. It gives them more time to rest, which committee members say will lead to better performance in the classroom and in sports. But other people are not convinced the extra rest will make a difference, or that students will use the time to sleep a little longer.

How do you feel about the issue? Should the board rescind the vote to change the start time?


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