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Houston parents can offer opinions on standardized school times at series of public meetings
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012, 04:01PM CST
By Mike Cronin

Those interested in providing feedback to Houston schools officials on a proposal to create a more standardized set of class start and end times will have the opportunity to do so at 10 public meetings.

Houston Independent School District officials have scheduled the meetings to occur during a seven-day period next month.

Some HISD parents already have complained about the proposal and an online survey that district officials have set up to seek people’s opinions on the issue.

A looming $34.7 million deficit has forced HISD board members and administrators to consider a range of cost-cutting options to balance its roughly $1.6 billion budget.

The proposal unveiled last month by district officials would save $1.2 million by allowing buses to run more routes while transporting students to and from HISD’s 279 schools, administrators said.

It also would reduce the number of different start- and end-class times from 20 to four, district officials said.

The meetings begin on April 3 and end on April 10. Here is the calendar:

  • April 3: 6-7 p.m. – Austin, Bellaire and Chavez high schools
  • April 4: 6-7 p.m. – Lamar, Sharpstown and Waltrip high schools
  • April 9: Noon-1 p.m. – Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
  • April 10: 6-7 p.m. – Wheatley, Worthing and Yates high schools

Under the proposed schedule:

  • About half HISD’s elementary schools would operate from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • About half of HISD’s elementary schools would operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All HISD middle schools would operate from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • All HISD high schools would operate from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

“HISD administration plans to analyze all of this feedback before making a formal proposal” to the school board by May 17, according to a district statement issued this morning.

For more details of the plan, go to


Contact Mike Cronin at or 713-228-2850. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelccronin or @texaswatchdog.

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