Middletown decides on 2013-2014 elementary school start times

Come September, students at the Maple Hill and William Carter elementary schools will start their day at 8:30 a.m., while those at Presidential Park and Truman Moon will start at 9:10 a.m.

This will be a change of start times for Presidential Park and Maple Hill, but not for Carter or Truman Moon. What will also be different next year is all of the district’s elementary schools will be teaching kindergarteners-through-fifth graders, part of the district’s rezoning of its elementary schools now that Presidential Park has replaced the Chorley school.

Elizabeth McKean, the district’s assistant superintendent for business administration, told the school board last week that keeping two tiers of start times would save $220,000 over last year’s busing costs. Having them all start at the same time, she said, would mean spending $180,000 more.

McKean estimated that there would be about 1,600 students, combined, between Maple Hill and Carter, and 1,400 to 1,500 combined between Presidential Park and Truman. She said the runs on the later tier would use three or four fewer buses than the earlier one.

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