The Tulsa Public School board has approved new school start times. Board members looked at research, safety issues and input from parents before making their decision. They say the change should improve student performance.
Most people at Monday night's meeting expressed concern over the decision, but others are pleased with the change. Ora Guthrie: â€œwhen I read about the change proposed change times I was elated, I thought finally the schools are going to work with the biological clocks of our children. I for one will have to drop them off at school at a quarter of eight. Who is going to supervise, not necessarily baby-sit to make sure they don't get into trouble, make sure somebody doesn't kidnap them. I've got a beautiful 17-year-old daughter, I want to keep her."
The new hours start this fall. All Tulsa elementary schools go from 8 AM to 2:45 PM. Middle and high schools will go from 8:45 AM until 3:30 PM.
The school board also discussed Monday night a $162-million bond package for new textbooks, technology, classroom materials, and school buses.
Some folks are upset because the bond package did not include a stadium for Edison High School. Edison wants a half million dollars in bond money to build the stadium.
The proposal is still under consideration.