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Germantown Schools announce start time changes for 2016-17



The Germantown Municipal School District has announced new start times for the 2016-17 school year.
“We understand that changing times will take some planning for many of our families and staff,” said Superintendent Jason Manuel. “Our school communities are looking at ways to remedy any challenges, including expanding the REACH (before and after school) program.”
Last June, the Germantown Municipal School Board allocated additional funds for transportation with the intent of moving schools to later start times.
The District Administration wanted to follow a similar model, previously used with zoning and capital improvements, to gather community input from all stakeholders.
“We started with satellite meetings at each of the schools to analyze the challenges of changing start times and determining the primary concerns for our parents, teachers and students,” Manuel said. “We chose representatives at each of these meetings to serve on a district level committee where we developed scenarios that would meet our stakeholders’ needs. Each school population differed in their priorities and desired start times.
“Using data from the CREP survey,” he continued, “school and district level meetings, the administration selected Scenario C because it best meets the needs of those desiring healthier start times as well as accommodating parent work schedules and extra curricular activities.”

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