After vocal parents spoke their minds and voiced their opinions and community members shared their thoughts on HISD’s proposal to change school start and end times, the district has chosen not to follow through with the proposed changes in the school day.

According to published reports, Dr. Terry Grier had proposed that the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools to have uniform start times. The schedule would have added 19 minutes to the average school day. The measure was seen by the district to help save approximately $1.2 million. It was however after 11 town hall meetings and lots of community and parental feedback that Dr. Grier on Thursday changed his mind about the change in times for schools.

HISD set up several community meetings to ask for the community’s input on the proposed uniform start times. Many parents opposed the idea and cited a variety of reasons. Some parents felt that the uniform start times and longer school days would interfere with car-pool schedules and other planned activities. Superintendent Grier said that the current start times and bell schedules throughout the district would remain in place.

HISD also unveiled its budget proposal Thursday for the upcoming school year which includes no tax increase in the proposa and the first pay raise in two years for most employees.

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