The Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved to adjust the district’s start times during its regular meeting Monday evening.
Elementary schools will start 15 minutes sooner at 7:30 a.m. and end at the usual time. Secondary schools will start five minutes later at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
The change will be implemented for the 2019-20 school year.
“We know change is hard,” said Jim Norris, assistant superintendent of finance and operations.
The issue was discussed during the board’s regular March meeting where Norris discussed traffic delays as the main reason.
Board secretary Andrea Walton said she was concerned about younger elementary kids being picked up by school buses early while it was still dark outside.
But Norris assured that with the new changes elementary kids won’t be picked up any earlier than they are right now. Bus routes may change, however.
The problem with the original start and end times create an overlap between dropping off elementary kids and picking up secondary students. Traffic for both buses and parent drop off should be elevated to some extent with the new times, Norris said.
Board vice president Stewart Domke said the time change may be a lot to handle for some parents, but it is needed to have a functioning district.
“This is a part of growing pains,” he said. “This is what’s right for our kids.”
It is all being done in the best interest of the students and the district, Domke noted.
“Let us try this and really think about getting more buses,” Norris noted.
The board also unanimously approved to add two general education buses, an additional special education bus and a box truck.
The board approved two general education buses and one special education bus during its March meeting.
It was also a filled night of recognition with the board recognizing seven organizations and individuals for their successes during the school year.
The successes were faculty, staff and student based.
On the faculty and staff side of things, Linda Coleman was recognized as the bus driver of the year. The Midlothian Education Foundation showcased their grant recipients which were awarded to teachers across the district.
As for student groups, the board recognized: the Midlothian High School Health Occupation Students of America, Walnut Grove Middle School choir sweepstakes recipients, Frank Seale Middle School choir sweepstakes recipients, Frank Seale Middle School band sweepstakes recipients, and Walnut Grove Middle School band sweepstakes recipients.
Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty