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Nanuet Board of Education Approves Change in Start/End Times for 2011-12 School Year

The change means half a million dollars in savings for the district

With the release of the 2011-12 budget for the Nanuet School District, there are large cuts in transportation and personnel.

The Board of Education decided at last night’s meeting to approve the changes in the start and end times for each school building for the 2011-2012 school year.

There’s about a 20-minute time difference next year with the elementaries and Barr starting later and the high school starting earlier. Here are the new start/end times:

Elementary (Miller & Highview) Barr MS Nanuet HS 9 am. - 3:30 p.m.
7:50 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. 7:20 a.m. - 2 p.m.

At the March 1 School Board meeting, Joanne Cavaliere, secretary to the Assistant Superintendent of Business, presented a proposal to reduce transportation costs by changing what the schools refer to as busing tiers.

Currently, the district is on a 2-tier bus system which uses 24 buses for the high school and middle school and 18 buses for Highview and Miller elementaries.

With the Middle and High schools starting school at the same time, there had to be two rounds of busing to get the Barr Middle and Nanuet High school students to school.

However, with the change in start/end times for the schools, the time that Barr and NHS will start and end is staggered from each other, eliminating an unnecessary round of busing.

With the new busing system, the district will switch to a 3-tier bus system, eliminating six buses at a cost savings of approximately $356,238; also, by providing private school transportation through neighboring school districts, and incorporating some of the bus runs through the public school runs, the cost savings would be an additional $321,156, said Cavaliere at the March 1 meeting.

With one less round of busing, the school can now save up to an estimated amount of $520,000, said Phil Sions, assistant superintendent of business for the district at last night’s meeting.

“That’s quite a bit of money that we’re saving and shows why we’re doing this,” said Board Vice President Ron Hansen.

Tony B March 30, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Great Idea. This show ingenious thinking outside the box. I hope it works.
Arthur Winoker March 31, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Why wasn't this done years ago?
Smith S March 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Great idea regarding the cost savings and overall effect on the environment, too. However, studies show that as students get older, later start times are actually more effective for learning and productivity. It is already difficult enough for secondary students to get to school and be productive at the original times, so asking them to do so even earlier may be difficult.
Carolyn Palau April 01, 2011 at 12:17 AM
It is great way to save money however, the writer above is correct. Recent studeies show teenagers have sleep needs and body rhythms that make them more productive later in the morning. Another school district in Rockland has just decided to take advantage of this information and delay the start time of their high school. Why are we doing the opposite? Young children are naturally awake earlier and it would make more sense to switch the Miller and High School start times.
Smith S April 01, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Thank you for your support and insight here. I agree, I wonder if it is possible to switch the start times between elementary and secondary. Perhaps it may make more sense for parents, too, who have younger children and need to get to work in the morning or where high school siblings are helping to put them on the bus? I personally am not in that situation, but imagine there are several parents out there who are.
Scott Walters April 01, 2011 at 03:12 PM
There may be a dollar savings here, but let's talk the reality of the situation. 1) Parents who work at 9:00 are going to be screwed with the new bus schedule for elementary students, since the buses that arrive at :810 will be arriving at 8:40, etc....most jobs don't mind a working parent leaving early, but they do mind a working parent coming in late. How much more strain on the Breakfast program will there be because parents have to drop their kids off, and how much will that cost parents in time and dollars? 2) Studies DO indicate that high school students function better if they start their school day later, since their sleep patterns are different than smaller children. Smaller children do wake up better earlier (remember when you were a kid or had young kids and they bounced on the parents' bed at 5:00 or so in the morning...LOL). Start the younger kids early and the high school later. If the high scholler has sports or extra curricular activities, have those practices be before school (this already occurs for some sports now). Also the 7:20 atart time at the hgish school will cause EVEN MORE parents to drive their kids to school, causing more air pollution and wear and tear to the parking lot and other paved facilities. MORE IN NEXT COMMENT
Scott Walters April 01, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Continued from LAST COMMENT 3) With the change in the schedule to 3:30 ending for elementary, things like religious education programs, dance and other out of school activities will be rushed and more parents will be forced (if their schedules allow) to come to the school and pick up the students, adding to air pollution at the schools and also adding to wear and tear on the parking lots and other paved facilities. Look, I’m for saving money with the schools as much as anyone, given my posts here and in my unsuccessful campaigns for school board. However, without parental consultation (as they are the most directly affected group here), it is again sheer folly by the board of education to do something that will have this detrimental effect on the quality in the district on so many levels. There is a solution to getting the $520,000 in savings recouped. It is in the hiring of a Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. By hiring such a person, money can be brought into the district in the form of grants, donations, naming rights, etc. We have to have this type of person in place in order to lessen the burden on taxpayers who cannot afford to pay much more and governments who cannot be trusted to offer school aid in the amounts commiserate with what they have in the past.
corny April 24, 2012 at 11:48 PM
when does breakfast start if my bus comes at 7:40 and it is too late?? In mcArthur barr middle school
corny April 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
i need to know
corny April 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM
reply back before thursday

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