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      Jefferson City schools debate school day times

      Keeping track of start and end times at Jefferson City Public Schools is not easy.

      "Really, if you look at our current system, it's like something a mad scientist came up with," Jefferson City Public School Spokesman David Luther said. "I mean we have schools starting at ten 'til 8, at 8, at 8:15, at 8:30, and at 9 o'clock. That's not an ideal situation for any school district."

      The school district put a committe to task to come up with a new approach to start and end times for the JCPS. The committee's idea: streamline the district's start and end times to make transportation more efficient.

      High school would start at 8:15 a.m., middle school at 8:30, and all 11 elementary schools would start bright and early at 7:30 a.m.

      The complete list of start and end times for classes are as follows:

      School

      Start Time

      End Time

      New start

      New end

      Jefferson City HS

      7:55 a.m.

      2:51 p.m.

      8:15 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      Jefferson City Academic Center

      8:15 a.m.

      3:05 p.m.

      8:15 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      Simonsen 9th Grade Center

      8:00 a.m.

      2:55 p.m.

      8:15 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      Thomas Jefferson MS

      8:05 a.m.

      2:50 p.m.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      Lewis and Clark MS

      8:05 a.m.

      2:50 p.m.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      Belair Elem.

      9:00 a.m.

      4:00 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Callaway Hills Elem.

      8:00 a.m.

      3:00 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Cedar Hill Elem.

      9:00 a.m.

      4:00 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      East Elem.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Lawson Elem.

      9:00 a.m.

      4:00 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Moreau Heights

      8:15 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      North Elem.

      8:00 a.m.

      3:00 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Pioneer Trail Elem.

      8:15 a.m.

      3:15 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      South Elem.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      Thorpe Gordon Elem.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      West Elem.

      8:30 a.m.

      3:30 p.m.

      7:30 a.m.

      2:30 p.m.

      However, some parents are upset.

      "They're used to going into school at 9 o'clock in the morning, all of a sudden they're looking at 7:30. That's one problem," Luther said. "The other issue they're concerned about is after school daycare."

      Working parents are concerned about the availablity of after school daycare since the elementary schools would let out at 2:30 p.m. and most work days end between 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

      "We don't have the magic bullet. We're not going to make everyone happy," Luther said. "We want to do what's best for the kids and also be efficient so that we can address that with our taxpayers."

      Yet, school officials said there are positives to the change.

      The district would save about $70,000 by running more bus routes with fewer buses. Buses would also make fewer trips across the Missouri River bridge to the district's northern bus stops.

      The committee will likely bring their proposal before the school board in March.

      Until then, the district is open to any and all parent comments and suggestions.

      Parents can voice their opinions to the school district in two ways.

      You can call the district's administrative offices and ask to speak to David Luther or District Transportation director John Byrne.

      You can also follow the link below to see more of the proposal's details and to send a direct email to members of the debating committee.

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