Knox County Schools May Implement Staggered School Start Times

Fourth District School Board Member Dan Murphy in public meetings has requested that the school district examine possible staggered start times for schools during the 2008-2009 school year. Knox County Schools in an effort to balance the proposed budget and to comply with Dr. Murphy’s request is presenting to the board members a “possible” staggered start schedule for the board’s consideration.

The savings in implementing this staggered start schedule will be $640,000.00

Here is the schedule that board members will consider, this decision will be the boards decision, not the Superintendent or his staffs.

Knox County Schools Transportation Department
2008-09 Proposed School Time Changes

Bearden Elementary
Belle Morris
Gibbs Elementary

Gibbs High
Pleasant Ridge
West Haven

Brickey McCloud
West Hills
West Valley

Sarah Moore Greene


Bearden Middle
Cedar Bluff Middle
Farragut High
Farragut Middle
Powell Middle
South Doyle Middle
West High
Whittle Springs

If your school is not listed we are assuming that the normal start time will apply. Elementary School 7:45 – 2:45 and Middle School/ High School 8:30 – 3:30.

Tomorrow night at West High School the Knox County Schools will host an overview of school finance and the FY 2009 Budget request at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in the school’s auditorium. The school is located at 3300 Sutherland Ave. Here is the link to the preliminary 2008-2009 budget.

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4 Responses

  1. Cathy says:

    Getting out of school at 4:30 would wreck after school activities. Yuck. You should post this on School Matters.

  2. CedarBluffMSparent says:

    It’s a start, but that leaves about $19.5 million to cut somewhere. In Metro Nashville, they’re considering cutting the buses out of their budget and having parents who use the buses pay a fee for them. My son uses the bus to get to and from school; I’d gladly pay a fee for it rather than have the $15 million for them in our school budget.

  3. Bruce says:

    Hey Brian!

    $640k in savings, imagine what the savings would be if they moved the start and end the school year Tuesday after Labor Day and the Friday before Memorial Day. Think of the equipment , maintenance and labor cost! Reduce the number of teacher planning days and there are more savings…..reduce the central office staff and more savings…..

  4. Anonymous says:

    atleast it doesn’t cute out of the instructional time in the class. i’d rather mix up the schedule instead of losing classroom time!