Ad Hoc Committee Unable to Find Viable Alternative Bell Schedule

The school board will vote on the originally proposed elementary schedule at a special meeting on June 18.

Following more than two weeks of analyzing data, discussing various scenarios and running simulations, Centennial's ad hoc committee on the elementary bell schedule could not create a workable solution to the controversial issue.

In a blog posted Thursday evening on the Centennial web site, committee chair Mark Miller wrote the following:

After reviewing the several parameters given for the committee's narrow scope, the various members began the task of reviewing the results presented by the District's Transportation Supervisor. None of those options were consistent with the directive given to the committee at its formation.

With no viable alternative, the school board will vote on the current proposed schedule change during a specially scheduled meeting on June 18 at 8:30 p.m. If the proposal passes, the new full-day schedule will look like the following:

  •  will begin classes at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.
  • Davis Elementary and  will begin at 9:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m.

The original resolution was at the May 22 meeting to allow the ad hoc committee time to come up with an alternative. Made up of board members, administrators, elementary school principals and parents, the committee approached the issue with the goal to have none of the schools end at 3:45 p.m., which has been the major source of friction for parents.

Several options were considered, including with the parochial school students, finding a third party contractor or increasing the bus fleet. Ultimately, the committee could not produce a result that would have a minimal impact in terms of tax increases or additional schedule changes for the secondary schools.

The board will also make its vote for final approval of the 2012-2013 budget at the June 18 meeting, which will be preceded by the Finance Committee meeting at 7 p.m.

Pamela June 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The best education is cutting teachers? Excuse me, did you see how many of our students failed this year? Short sighted because we understand that staggering the bell schedule is not going to solve the transportation problem? Wave a magick wand, juggle a few buses and your problems are solved? No I would call us realistic. If you thought you had overcrowding and late buses this year, wait til next year. When taxes go up yet again and we still have to buy buses next year, I'm not going to know whether to cry or laugh....
Michelle Hazlett June 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Mrs. Lynch, I will admit that I don't know all the financial parts of what the school has in reserve and what money can and can't be used. I know we are getting about $400K for the selling of the schools. Now supposedly that money can only be used for certain things. Who makes that decision? The state? County? Township? Isn't there anyone that the board can talk to and say that we have situation at the school and need that money to purchase new buses? I also heard that there is money in the amounts of millions being held. Don't know what is true and not true but isn't there anyone who can give the board permission to use that money for such an emergency situation?
Daniella June 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thank you for mentioning the Full Day Kindergarten issue! I read in the actual documentation that having full day Kindergarten WOULD SAVE MONEY but yet, that isn't even being considered now. We were told that there would be Full Day Kindergarten with the new school. Is there any wonder that there is no trust or faith in this Board or any of its decisions????
Jane Lynch June 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Michelle, Yes there is money in reserve to buy buses. The School District determines how monies are spent. There are some regulations for some spending from the state only on certain items. If you check the budget the sale of the schools is in and roofs for middle schools are subtracted out for that item.
It's Our Money, Not Yours! June 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The only way this will be resolved is by spending the pension fund backup reserve AKA the "General Fund". I know it’s hard to spend the public’s money on public buses when you want it there to back up a possible failed pension fund. However we are shining a flashlight on your integrity and you will have to give up money that doesn’t belong to you. Spend the public money on the public!!! You have $10 million in the fund; the buses will cost $1 million. The fact you can even vote on bailing out your own pension fund is a conflict of interest.


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