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Students Shun Proposal to Start School Later

Posted April 18, 2007

— Cumberland County Schools officials are taking some heat for a proposal that would start some high schools nearly two hours later than usual.

If passed, the proposal would affect Seventy First High School and Westover High School. The idea is to give students more rest, cut down on tardiness and free up buses for the younger kids.

“I don’t think it makes any sense. It’s ridiculous," said Jacob Connell, a junior at Seventy First High. "A lot of kids have rides from their parents, and a lot of their parents go to work from 6 to 7:30."

These comments might sound like fingernails on a chalkboard to Associate Superintendent Tim Kinlaw. He is the one who suggested a 9:15 a.m. start time, with students getting out at 4:15 p.m.

“The public likes our schedule the way it is now, and that’s a good thing to know,” Kinlaw said.

However, the later schedule would allow school officials to get more kids on the bus.

“We would eliminate having to have any student crossing multilane highways to get to school,” he said.

The school system could carry all students with eight fewer buses, saving $1 million, according to Kinlaw.

Even with the savings though, the proposal doesn’t sit well with student Hope Culbertson.

“I’m in every play here. I’m in the choir. I don’t get home until 10:30 or 11 at night, every night,” she said.

The later start time would also make it difficult for students who go to jobs at 4 p.m., said Marcus Sinclair.

Nearly a thousand people turned out for a public meeting Tuesday night to oppose the plan. The county Board of Education will ultimately decide whether to put the schedule in place.


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  • superman Apr 23, 2007

    With the big shopping centers and the houses so close together-- there are not many neighborhood schools anymore. The closest one to my house is about 15 miles-- in a couple years the schools for wake country going to have to built in surrounding counties cause there are no sites big enough and cheap enough to build schools. The developers have all the land.

  • nursevb8 Apr 23, 2007

    They'll just want to stay up even later. That kinda defeats the purpose of changing daylight savings time to preserve energy.

  • North Carolina Native Apr 20, 2007

    it's a proven fact that younger kids learn better early in the morning and older kids learn better later in the day.... they love sleeping in. I'd be all for it around here.

  • italianstallion55 Apr 19, 2007

    Oh Im sorry katmama, I wasn't shouting. lol. I juss like to write in all caps. I understand we're your coming from and you understand where we're coming from to. I respect what you have to say but, we're sticking to our decision and we're gonna follow through with it.

  • cheekygreek Apr 19, 2007

    If my child were to come to class "tired" as they all do from time to time,and I receive an email from a teacher telling to get my child in bed earlier.I think I might tell the teacher she has no child in house.Being tired,could be from a left over illness,death,too much homework. I don't think a teacher would like me too good after she gave me a call to tell what to do with my child!!!!!

  • anonemoose Apr 19, 2007

    First, I think it is up to the school to decide what time school hours are. Second, if the class starts at 7:50 and the students are late, punish that behavior. Third, if they come in tired, call the parent or send them an email and tell the parents they need to get their child in bed earlier.

  • Bob3425 Apr 19, 2007

    If Associate Superintendent Tim Kinlaw want to save money look at how he and the Superintendent make each year, people would be shocked. If a later schedule would prevent students having to cross multi-lane highway? what happens the road narrow after a certain time? The other issue I have the buses would be on the road while people are getting off from work some of these roads are crazy enough, but its either in the morning or in the afternoon. I think this should be left to the parent and not the school superintendents.

  • ReelThing Apr 19, 2007

    I like the idea that dismissal would be later...less "hanging out" hours before parents get off work (typically).

  • 2xwinner Apr 19, 2007

    Eliminate the mandatory busing altogether, and allow the people to attend the schools in thier own neighborhoods and finish school at 2:00-3:00. That will free up the buses for the kids that still want to take them (and pay for it), and stop the nonsense of busing kids an hour away from thier homes to sidestep the courts decision to stop this state's race mixing busing. Spend the money from the buses on salary and bonus programs for the teachers who raise the standards at the schools noone wants thier kids in right now.

  • SOCLOSE Apr 19, 2007

    oh, i didn't say that b/c my daughter goes to school late, she actually has a near perfect attendance.