Report to the Superintendent

The High School Start Time Committee submitted a report to the Superintendent and Board on June 23, 2015.  The Board requested some additional information and will hold a community forum on September 10, 2015. The Board expects to make a final decision at the October 6th Board meeting.

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Eva Collins

Deputy Superintendent

The committee’s membership will involve parents and staff members from both school districts in a collaborative feasibility study and in the development of recommendations to the superintendents. Learn more about our research…

The major components of the study process will be:

  • to review the research findings regarding adolescent biorhythms and school success;
  • to review the experiences of other school districts that have adopted later start times or considered doing so but did not;
  • to identify the implications of later start times for high school programming and activities and for school and district operations;
  • to implement outreach strategies to gather the thinking of school and community stakeholder groups;
  • to consider the potential benefits to students, the input received, and the implications of later start times;
  • to determine whether there are feasible solutions within either district to enact a later start time for high school; and
  • to submit findings and recommendations to the two superintendents not later than June 30, 2015, for possible implementation in September 2016.

Committee Members

Name Role
Scott Backus Teacher
Paige Behrbaum Parent
Eva Collins Administrator
Gavin Cree Teacher
Maria Frieboes-Gee Principal
Todd Kelsay Transportation
Maria Elena Lara Parent
Jeff Lowell Administrator
Kirk Tavener Coach
Frances Osman Parent
Kristin Scheyer Parent
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