Petition against the staggering of start times at GPISD schools

The Grand Prairie Independent School District may change the times that schools start and end, Superintendent David Barbosa said. The proposed changes, he said, are simply a matter of money. Under the proposal, school start times would be staggered for students, depending on their grade level. For example, elementary students would start at 7:45 a.m., high school students at 8:15 a.m. and middle school students at 8:45 a.m. Currently, school starts at 8:10 a.m. for all students. Dr. Barbosa has also proposed staggering the end times. Kindergarten through eighth-grade students currently get out at 3:10 p.m.; high school students end the day at 3:30. Dr. Barbosa\'s proposal calls for elementary students to finish at 2:45 p.m., high schoolers to finish at 3:30 and middle school students to end their day at 3:45. District officials estimated that staggering the times would allow them to reduce their transportation staff by 10 employees and save more than $2 million in salary, benefits and bus expenses over the next five years. About 13 percent of high school students

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