ALTON — As part of the Alton School District’s elementary restructuring plan for the 2016-2017 school year, the district is releasing proposed changes to school start and end times at each level.
In the fall, School Board members approved a plan to convert the district’s seven K-5 elementary buildings to primary (K-1) and intermediate (2-5) schools and divided into three pairings. The pairings include:
• Lewis and Clark (K-1)/North (2-5)
• Gilson Brown (K-1)/West (2-5)
• Lovejoy (K-1)/Eunice Smith (K-1)/East (2-5)
The move is estimated to save the district more than $560,000 annually in operating expenditures. Parent letters regarding student school placement under the new plan next year are slated to be mailed later this week.
To successfully implement the paired school plan for elementary buildings, a change in school start and end times was required to accommodate the district’s bus transportation schedule. Earlier this month, district administrators sought input from parents and staff regarding proposed changes to start and end times through an electronic survey. While responses varied greatly, administrators were able to glean excellent information regarding parent and staff needs and any potential childcare concerns.
Using this information, district officials are providing the proposed start and end times for the 2016-2017 school year to give parents and staff an early start on any scheduling adjustments that may be needed prior to the start of next year. The schedule provides a detailed description of the start and end times for each grade level. In the district’s original plan, it was estimated that adjustments to school start and end times would be minimal (15 minutes or less on each side) in limiting the impact on families. This goal was accomplished.