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Oxford Secondary Schools Likely to Start 10 min Later in January

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor


Due to issues with a few buses not arriving to school early enough, some secondary Oxford School District students don’t have enough to time eat breakfast and get to class on time.

On Monday, Superintendent Brian Harvey asked the Oxford School District Board of Trustees to consider allowing Oxford’s middle and high school and the Learning Center to open 10 minutes later come January.

The proposed change would have classes starting at 8:30 a.m., rather than 8:20 a.m.

“We have three or four buses that we’ve done everything we can do to get them there on time,” Harvey said Monday. “We could hire more drivers but we’re already short on drivers. Adjusting the time 10 minutes … was the most cost-efficient way to do it.”

The change also supports what research says should be the starting time for secondary school students, Harvey said.

“This brings us more in line with that research,” he told the board.

Dismissal time would only change by 5 minutes — from 3:45 to 3:50 p.m. — for OHS.

“We’re already not picking up the high school students until 3:55 (p.m.) due to the bus schedules,” Harvey said.

The proposed time change, if approved, will go into effect this coming January after winter break.

The Board of Trustees will vote on the proposed time change at its 5 p.m. meeting on Dec. 17 at Oxford Middle School.

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