Jenny Robinson has a daughter in second grade at Bloomington’s Rogers Elementary School. Robinson said the additional 90 minutes of class is taxing on her daughter and her family, so much that her daughter has not been able to participate in any extracurricular activities during the week.
“When I look at the longer school, day I don’t see that I’m getting anything better out of it,” she said. “My daughter tells me everyday that she’s tired and she wants a shorter day her favorite day of the week is the later start Wednesday when school is the length of time it was last year.”
MCCSC board president, Jim Muehling says the district had the shortest school day in the state before the change. Muehling calls the group of parents complaining about the change a vocal minority, but says he does not rule out changes in the future.
“They’ll probably be some adjustments – my guess is a 15 minute, 20 minute adjustment would be reasonable, if you’re going to make one,” Muehling said. “But again I want to see what the outcomes are before I encourage or suggest that to be done.”
Bloomington North High School principal Jeff Henderson understands parents like Robinson’s concern, but says his school has benefited from the additional time.
“We have a minimum numbers that we need to meet,” Henderson said. “So the day can’t be to short and then we also have to be cognizant of the afternoon commitments that our students have to either work or participate in extra curricular activities. And the later that we get out of school, the later those events start, and the later they run. So it’s a delicate balance to try to find what the best fit is.”
Muehling said the board will solicit community input in January and February. Jenny Robinson said she wants a two-way conversation with administrators so her concerns are addressed.