Edina School Board Approves Changes to Start, End Times

March 20, 2018 04:08 PM

Edina Public Schools on Monday night approved new start and end times that will begin in the 2018-19 school year.

The changes will swap the start/end times of five of the district's elementary schools with its two middle schools.

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Starting with the next school year, Concord, Creek Valley, Cornelia, Highlands and Countryside elementary schools will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m.

RELATED: SPPS Officials Vote to Change Start Times

Valley View and South View middle schools will begin at 9:20 a.m. and end at 4:05 p.m.

Meanwhile, Normandale Elementary will continue to begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.; Our Lady of Grace will begin at 8:35 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m.; and Edina High School will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

In a release Monday night, Superintendent John Schultz said the recommendation was one that best served "the overall health, academic and developmental needs of the majority of students of the school district."

Several parents dropped their kids off Tuesday morning, unsurprised to learn the board's decision. Latrice Franklin said she'll be forced to change her work schedule.

"I think it's crazy," Franklin said. "When we were growing up school started at a certain time every single day until we graduated. So, what are we doing? It's too much juggle for no reason."

The district release said the decision comes after nearly 18 months of research, study and community input. 

The school board voted 5-2 in favor of the changes. 

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