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Community Speaks Out About Davenport School Start Times

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The first public meeting for the Davenport, IA, high school and elementary bell time schedule was held at West High School on Wednesday. After the later school start times were approved in April, many parents said that they didn't have a say. Earlier in May, the school board voted to rescind the original vote, and has now posted nine options for the community to review.

Many parents, teachers and students say they have looked forward to the opportunity to voice their opinions.

"I am that parent who is affected by that late start time of 9:05," said one parent at the podium.

Many parents say they are comfortable with high school students starting school later, but have transportation concerns when it comes to elementary schools starting later.

"We were all on board, but I didn't realize it affected every school," said Jeff Banks, who has two children enrolled in Davenport schools.

The school board responded to a petition with almost 1,000 signatures. In addition to the new options, they scheduled three meetings, providing a platform for the school board to explain research behind the proposals.

"It's round two, and the board wants to step back, and hear more discussion about some of the options, and see what the pros and cons are, and how the public, and teachers and students and parents feel about it," Davenport Superintendent Arthur Tate said.

The meetings also provide an opportunity for parents to voice their opinions about the options.

"I think it's great now that there is a chance to talk," Banks said.

Many speakers said Option "E" would be the best choice because they say it differs from the current bell time schedule.

"Personally, I have more of an attention span in the morning," 10-year-old George Rucker said at the podium.

Banks says he would be "on board for whatever the majority would rule."

"I think as far as what people would have an idea or opinion on, would be obviously what we would go with for change," he said.

There will be two more meetings. Thursday's meeting at Central High School, and next Thursday's at North High School, will both be held from 6-7:30 PM. Superintendent Tate says the board will then review the comments with a tentative re-vote in June.

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