District leaders approve new start times for Noblesville Schools

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (May 21, 2014) – Noblesville school district leaders approved a new plan Tuesday night to adjust start times for students beginning in fall 2015.

They also approved a strategic plan for the district that calls for attention to inquiry-based learning and college preparation. The district will work to acquire land for a third middle school and two new elementary schools and will move its transportation headquarters to allow room for the expansion of Noblesville High School.

The district studied the impact of start times on students’ performance and attention spans for two years. Leaders also looked to parents for input, getting responses from 2,500 of them through a survey.

According to communications director Marnie Cooke, 70 percent of respondents said they saw no negative side of shifting high school and middle school start times later. Fifty-six percent said they saw no negative impact of pushing elementary school start times earlier.

Beginning in fall 2015, high school and middle school students will start their day at 8:45 a.m. instead of 7:35 a.m. Elementary school students will begin earlier, at 8 a.m. instead of the current 8:40 a.m. start time.

Superintendent Libbie Conner said in a statement, “Changing school start times, while a challenging adjustment for some families in the short term will help forward our objective of doing what’s best academically for our students in the long run.”

The new start times are tentative and a more exact schedule will be rolled out closer to the launch of the change.

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