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Cost-saving measures could delay school start times in New Haven

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More than a dozen schools in New Haven are considering a later start as a way to save money. (WFSB) More than a dozen schools in New Haven are considering a later start as a way to save money. (WFSB)
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More than a dozen schools in New Haven are considering a later start as a way to save money.

The decision is not sitting well with parents in the Elm City.

Across the state, parents already know the struggles of a delayed school opening, mostly due to winter storms.

Some parents told Eyewitness News they were worried that if this proposal passes, their kids could be getting home around 5 or 6 p.m.

Leanna Long is a mother on the go who said she works a regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. She's not always able to see her kids on the bus before they head out to Beecher Magnet School.

“I know, for a single mom, when they were younger, it would have been really bad,” Long said.

Don't even get her started when there's a delayed opening.

“That's like four hours of not getting paid and possibly losing your job,” Long said.

But, several magnet schools labeled as Tier 3 in New Haven are considering starting their day 20 minutes later. That means, 9:15 a.m. starts would become 9:35 a.m. starts. Dismissal times would also be 20 minutes later. Children would get out closer to 4 p.m., hitting the beginning of rush hour traffic.

The proposal would save millions of dollars. Right now, New Haven pays extra for different buses for the 13 Tier 3 magnet schools that start in the 9 a.m. hour. School officials said they believe delaying openings by 20 minutes, the buses used for schools starting earlier, could also pick up the kids who start later, eliminating the need for extra buses.

“It's better because the kids have more time to sleep and get ready,” parent Christian Almodovar said.

Some parents told Eyewitness News like it while others said their work schedules would need to change.

“For working parents, it's putting them in a bad place because they won't have a way to get their kids to school,” Long said.

This is still a proposal, it hasn't been voted on yet. But, one thing that is certain is that New Haven is facing a $5 million deficit.

Here is a list of all 13 schools that would be affected by this proposal: 

  • Barnard Environmental Studies School
  • Beecher Museum School of Arts & Sciences
  • Brennan-Rogers Magnet School
  • Conte West Hills Magnet School
  • Davis Street Arts and Academics School
  • Hill Central School
  • Jepson Magnet School
  • Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School
  • King-Robinson Inter-District Magnet School
  • West Rock Author's Academy
  • Ross Woodward Classical Studies School
  • Mauro-Sheridan Interdistrict Magnet School
  • Polly T. McCabe Center 

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