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September 30, 2012

School start times pushed back at NCCS

CHAMPLAIN — Northeastern Clinton Central middle and high-school students will soon spend less time on buses in the afternoon. 

At a special meeting this week, the School Board approved a motion to start and end the academic day seven minutes later in the middle and high schools to reduce the amount of time students must sit aboard buses in the school parking lot. 

WAITING FOR BUS

As of now, students are released from classes at 3:23 p.m. and board their homeward-bound buses shortly after. 

However, NCCS Interim Superintendent Gerald Blair said at the meeting, those students must then wait about four to six minutes for a busload of students to return from daily programming at Champlain Valley Educational Services (formerly known as BOCES) in Plattsburgh.

“We’re loading all our children, and they’re sitting on a bus waiting for the BOCES bus to come back,” Blair said.  

“The children who get off the BOCES bus have to get on eight or nine other buses, so we don’t dare release (any).”

But by letting students out from class at 3:30 p.m., according to Blair, they will be boarding their buses as the bus from CVES is arriving, resulting in minimal wait time. 

Buses will still leave school grounds at about the same time, he said. 

NEW START TIME

In order to keep the length of the academic day the same, Middle and High School students will start their first classes at 9:11 a.m. instead of 9:04 a.m.

Buses, however, will still pick up students at their homes at the same time and arrive at school at about 8:50 a.m., as they do now. 

“What that does for us in the morning is it gives us a little more time for children to have breakfast, it gives us a little more time for them get in and get organized and find a teacher if they’ve got a question,” Blair said. 

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