New school start times for Leander ISD to be discussed Sept. 5

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A committee tasked with studying Leander ISD school start times is scheduled to deliver its recommendations to the LISD board of trustees at a Sept. 5 regular meeting.

According to LISD documents, the Bell Schedule Committee—composed of six principals, six central office staff members, two trustees, one former trustee and one teacher—has been studying start times since 2018. At the meeting, the Committee is scheduled to recommend that LISD:

  • Consider three, tiered start-finish times with at least 40 minutes between drop-off times;
  • Get feedback on start times from the elementary, middle and high school students and parents, and;
  • Study how time could be added to instruction as a result of start-finish time changes.

According to the LISD website, current start and finish times at LISD schools are as follows:

  • Elementary school: 7:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
  • Middle school: 8:55 a.m.-4:05 p.m.
  • High school: 8:40 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Before providing final recommendations in December, the committee plans to seek feedback on proposed start times and address questions and concerns, according to LISD documents.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at 1900 Cougar Country Drive in Cedar Park.

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  1. Michael Switzer

    How about we revisit this ” no bus service if you live within 2 miles of the campus” nonsense.. Not every child has parents that can drop them off everyday and some that can’t make the 2 mile trek via walking or bike everyday in the heat or in the cold come winter. It’s a ridiculous policy. Property taxes didn’t drop when they made this policy effective last year, so I suspect the wouldn’t go up by providing bus service again.

    • I agree with you 100 percent. Kids should not be subjected to walk that far then have to be attentive in school.

  2. Having 4 children, I have had experience dropping and picking up from all three schools at the same time. The way the times are now is perfect. I get the elementary off to school, then focus on the older kids. I drop off high school students first and then swing right around and drop off the middle schooler. Picking up I have time to bring home my little one and provide a snack before loading up to get highschooler,then finally grabbing my middle schooler. Please don’t change!!! One trip on the road is enough. Adding 40 min buffer would be an absolute nightmare!! It even works for early tutorials and sectionals. I just take that student before the regularly scheduled kiddo. I will be volunteering at the high school football tonight, and will not be able to attend meeting. ( as many of the other parents are). Please get my comment to the committee.

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Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park/Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He got his first newspaper job in 1992 and has worked for newspapers in Virginia, Hawaii, Southern California and Florida.
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