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Bell Schedule Discussion Continues

Four options for the revision of Centennial School District's elementary school bell schedule will be presented at Monday's finance committee meeting.

According to the agenda for Monday's Finance Committee meeting, members of the school board will review and discuss four options for revising the bell schedule for 2012-13.

This discussion stems from a proposal realeased last month to change  for the 2012-13 school year.

That initial proposal was

T; however, the district had not received the alternate plans in time and had to reschedule the discussion.

Some other noteworthy items on Monday evening's finance committee meeting agenda: discussion of several purchasing contracts, a partnership with a local frozen yogurt vendor and the ongoing development of the 2012-13 budget.

Can't make it out to the meeting? You can also watch it in real-time via the district's website, or via the district's public access television station (Channel 28 for Comcast customers and Channel 36 for Verizon subscribers). 

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Emily Cohen May 23, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I am also a concerned parent, willing to intelligently and respectfully discuss the issues at hand. I use research, logic, and respect when replying. I have young children, and we strive to achieve the proper balance between school responsibilities and extracurricular activities. I have had 3 children go through Centennial elementary schools; one is still in Stackpole and will be transferred to Davis next year. The homework time averages around 30 minutes total in K-2. That includes the suggested reading time of 15 minutes, which we always completed at bedtime. I researched the sunset time on December 21, 2012, for the 18966 zip code. It will occur at 4:38 pm. With dismissal at 3:45 pm, the children will be at the bus stop well in advance of that sunset time. The district is essentially fitting in more transportation without the purchase or rental of additional buses. This is accomplished by completing the runs from one school early (with the early dismissal) and the others at the later time. I am highly offended that people resort to name-calling and personal attacks; take a deep breath and speak logically and calmly. I have spoken with all but 1 board member, as well as Dr. Cressman, Mr. Gretton, and Mr. Robinson. Each took the time to answer all of my questions and discuss points rationally. Also (and I may be wrong): rush hour typically starts at 5 (as in the time when most work days conclude), not at 3:45.
MW May 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
This is in response to Sean's ignorant comment. Nowhere in my comment did I attack anyone or disrepect anyone, so please do not speak to me that way. Nor did I say that I would allow my 6 year old to walk home dark or not. I do get off my ass to pick him up, so unless you know the facts, shut your mouth. Nor did I sit on my ass when I saw an injustice being done to these children. So if you have no one attending these schools that are being affected, mind your own business. If you are affected by it, then atleast have the decency to speak to people as you would want to be spoken too.
MW May 23, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Maybe you need to take a page from the Quaker's considering your child attends a "friends" school and not be so hostile to people. Kind of ironic, don't you think? I am not being dramatic, I am simply looking out for my child's best interest. If you find that dramatic, well then that is your opinion. That's fine that my argument doesn't make sense to you, but it does to many other parents who have the same opinion as mine. You can be embarrassed for me, that's fine, although I find that a little dramatic considering you don't even know me and have never spoken to me. And the earliest sunset is 4:35 in December, so it is not slim that it will be dark before some children are dropped off at their busstops. I am not out here to fight anyone and have people attack me because they don't agree with my opinion. So you can continue attacking people or you could actually try to understand where we are coming from. To each his own.
MW May 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Again, your opinion. Atleast when the final decision is made, I know I stood up for my child and what I believe in. Whether 1 or 1000 people cared.
Tired of Hypocrisy May 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Perhaps 'Rush Hour' begins at 5pm in Southampton but certainly not in Warminster.Most of the businesses & factories in the Louis Park Industrial area let out at 3:30 thus causing major traffic.I travel daily from Davisville & Street Road to Valley & Street Road. During normal hours I can make the commute in 10-12 minutes, after 3:30pm it takes me a full 30 minutes or more. Adding more school buses into the mix will certainly cause more conjestion. I do hope that every time a bus is late, the parents call the district and transportation center and complain. Keep a record of it since we were all assured that no child would be home later than 30 minutes after dismissal. Hopefully someone will still be in the offices at 4:30-5:00 to take the call. As for the phases of sunset, how lovely that 5 & 6 year old children will be getting off the bus 5-10 minutes before it is dark out & with the changes in bus stops, some stops are 5-10 minutes from the child's home. 1st graders will walk home in dark, makes sense to me.Gives them at least a few minutes to play outside before they must go in the house. Physical playtime is much better than the children that sit & play their video games. Childhood obesity is a focal point in this Country, except in Centennial's district. Get your children off the bus and in the house they go, that's that. What a shame, but of course, if it does not affect your children, why would you care? Just as many will not care when it does affect your child.

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