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Corinth Schools to have later start time

Corinth Schools to have later start time

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CORINTH -- The school day will start about an hour later in Corinth, come September.

Corinth is the second local school to announce a later start time for the coming year. The other is Glens Falls High School, which made the change to give students more time to rest.

But at Corinth, the reasons are different.

The district changed the start time to allow teachers more time for planning, which will improve education, officials said. But school board members said the decision was made without enough input from the board or the community.

The elementary school will start classes at 8:30 a.m., while the middle school/high school building start time will be 8:25 a.m.

For both schools, the start time is about an hour later than last year, said Superintendent Daniel Starr.

For elementary students, the school day will end between 2:20 and 2:30 p.m. Classes will end at 2:40 p.m. at the middle school/high school, Starr said.

“The school day is essentially the same. What we did was put in common planning time for all the teachers to start the day,” Starr said.

In the past, only middle school teachers had planning time in the morning. Now, all teachers will have it, which will allow them to work together on planning and on new mandates such as teacher and principal performance evaluations, Starr said.

Teachers will have about 45 minutes of planning time. Home room will start at around 8:20 a.m.

“This is something that will help us meet those guidelines and better serve our students,” Starr said.

The hours teachers work in a day will remain the same, Starr said.

Students will be allowed into the building at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast.

“We looked at this as an administrative team for quite some time and then spoke to the board about it in February,” Starr said.

On May 22, the board voted 5-1 to change the start time. Board member Louis Lueck was the lone dissenting vote.

Lueck, who became board president in July, did not return calls this week for comment.

Celia Lockhart, who was president at the time of the May vote, also could not be reached.

According to the minutes of the May 22 meeting, Lueck said he was disappointed with the way the start time change was handled because it lacked board and community input.

Three other board members also had concerns with how the process was handled, according to the minutes.

Asked if there was a lack of board and community input, Starr said board members have different viewpoints.

“Whenever there’s change, there are always different perspectives on it,” he said. “One of the strengths of this board is they bring different viewpoints.”

Some residents expressed their views during board meetings, including on May 22. At that meeting, some people wanted the district to wait a year before changing the start time to allow for more communication, according to the minutes.

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