Gowanda looks at the start time later | News, Sports, Jobs
GOWANDA – The Gowanda Central School District is always doing their best to stay abreast of new studies and methods on how they can improve education in their school. During Wednesday night’s meeting, one thing that was discussed was to postpone the school start time.
“I think it is advantageous for us to take a look at it”, said Mark Nephew, board member. “It has an impact on the lives of our students. “
Neveu acknowledged that it might be difficult to synchronize bus trips, but even a 30-minute difference would be an advantage for the students. Board member Dollene Christopher added that area school districts start later than Gowanda anyway, so the notional half hour Neveu favors wouldn’t be a drastic difference.
“I think most of the districts here start much later than Gowanda”, said Christophe. “Half an hour which I don’t consider a huge prejudice in any way. However, is it worth doing it? Is there a cost benefit that results? My question is, would you like to spend some time watching this? “
Board member Max Graham said such a decision should heavily depend on community opinion and what parents want to do.
“One of the first steps in everything is to contact the stakeholders and see if the community is interested” Graham said. “If the majority of the community says they have a set schedule with the kids and want to keep it, why is that something we’re looking for? It’s nice that we can have an interest, but that doesn’t mean the community does. “
Graham added that considerations for faculty and staff also need to be taken into account, saying it might not work for them either. Christopher said that an investigation of similar interest was launched a few years ago and at the time there was not enough information for her to be interested. Christopher added that if the school was to move forward in rallying the interest of the community, it would have to work out the details first.
“We should have a little more information on the direction we would like to take” said Christophe. “Is it one o’clock?” Is it half an hour? How does this affect our extracurricular activities? How does this affect the youngest? These are all things we need to know before sending it.
Gowanda Superintendent Dr Robert Anderson said the problem is multi-faceted and the school may proceed in different ways when looking at delayed start times.
“We had three options” Dr Anderson said. “We could get elementary students to start earlier and high school students later. Standard execution is also an option, but there is some evidence to suggest that it doesn’t work. Then the other option is to do a quick spin, not sure what the sweet spot would be.
Dr Anderson said most people don’t like the staggered start times because it would have a bigger impact on after-school activities. Ultimately, the board came to a consensus that is not the time to focus on this, given the state of back to school with the pandemic. So while this is something of interest to Council, each member recognized that there were more pressing issues that needed to be dealt with first.