Grand Prairie ISD Delays Vote To Start High School Later

Alan Scaia
May 15, 2019 - 6:52 am
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GRAND PRAIRIE (1080 KRLD) - The Grand Prairie school board has delayed a vote on a plan that would start high school classes later and middle school classes earlier.

The district had been considering a change in start times since 2016.

High school classes currently start at 7:35 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The proposed change would have shifted the start time to 8:45, with dismissal at 4:10.

"The research we have gotten and analyzed shows the later start time for high school-aged students is actually better for them in terms of health," says Grand Prairie ISD's Sam Buchmeyer.

But students say a later dismissal would force them to stay up later at night to finish homework.

"I feel like I don't have time to do anything," says Daisy Ruiz, a tenth grader in Grand Prairie ISD.

Ruiz says she hopes to become a doctor. Her parents say they are proud of her work ethic, but they say a later dismissal would put more stress on their daughter.

"It would be a difficult transition," says her mother, Hilda.

While high school classes would have started later, middle schools would have started earlier. Middle school classes would have run from 7:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. under the plan.

The school board president asked to delay the vote. Grand Prairie ISD says the vote could be rescheduled sometime in the near future.