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DAVENPORT, IA – The Davenport school board voted on schedule changes in the school day. This includes changes for many elementary schools, where start time will be pushed back over an hour.

Many parents are surprised and frustrated by the decision because they didn’t have a say.

Trisha Stepanek is a working mother with two children at Adams Elementary School. “There’s a lot of unhappy parents. They’re unhappy because it impacts us and we were not able to voice our opinion on it because it was never made public that a 9:05 start time was even in the works.”

Right now, Stepanek is able to drop her children at school and get to work on time, but with the time changes, she will have to make new arrangements. She says, “This can’t be right. There’s no way they would start elementary students after parents need to be at work.”

Stepanek took the initiative and started a petition on change.org, asking the school board to reconsider the new start times. It rounded over 600 supporters in just two days.

Many parents agree and are shocked and angry about the school board’s decision.

Nicole McWilliams has a second grader in the Davenport school system. She says, “Nobody wants it. Everybody is frustrated that they didn’t have a chance to have their voices heard before the vote was made.”

In minutes from Monday’s school board meeting, it notes that the public had not seen the new time options. “She [Director Dickmann] did express a concern that the public had not seen the exact options.”

McWilliams says, :”They said right in there [the minutes] that they recognized the concerns with not sharing the information with the public first. If they knew that was an issue, why did they do it?”

When we reached out to the Davenport Community School District, they would not comment on the issue.

Many parents are also worried that the new start times will affect the children’s education, saying young kids are more alert and attentive in the mornings.

Those who signed the petition are asking the district to be part of the decision making process.

McWilliams says, “There needs to be a process followed any time changes like this are made in our district. We as parents need to be involved in that process as well because it’s our children.”

These parents are fighting for a revise and a revote. Stepanek says, “Please take into consideration the parents it’s impacting as well as the students.”

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