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Monticello families asked to provide input on proposed school schedule changes

August 12, 2016

In order to accommodate increased academic services and extracurricular after-school activities, Monticello Central School District is considering shifting the schedules at each school building in the future. These schedule adjustments would enable the district to provide two late buses per day at the middle and high school level at 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and one late bus per week at the elementary school level, enabling more students to take advantage of these opportunities.

The proposed changes would change the elementary schools’ student arrival time from 8:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and student departure time from 3:22 p.m. to 3 p.m. At the secondary level, student arrival time would be 7:05 a.m. and departure time would be 2 p.m. These proposed changes may take place either in mid-year, after the winter break ends, or in September 2017.

Childcare is available through the district’s partnership with the Healthy Kids program, which provides supervision before and after school from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additionally, students in grades 6 – 12 would have the opportunity to participate in a quiet study hall as early as 6:30 a.m. in the middle school auditorium if the proposed time changes were to be implemented.

The Board of Education and district administrators are seeking feedback from district families in order to assess how these changes may impact students and their families and to brainstorm solutions on how to best accommodate their needs. To that end, the district has created a survey where parents of Monticello students may provide feedback on the proposed schedule changes. We encourage all Monticello families to participate in this survey, which is available online here.

“After numerous budget, staffing and problem-solving discussions, we were able to see a clear need to provide after-school academic services as well as extra-curricular activities for our students to continue to thrive academically and socially,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “These schedule adjustments would enable the district to provide these opportunities in a safe and structured environment.”