HISD Board of Education Votes to Keep Current Bell Schedule

Board Votes 4-3 to Keep Current Start and End Times for Schools

June 09, 2011

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education voted Thursday to keep the district's current start and end time for schools.

Trustees had been asked to consider a proposal that would have saved an estimated $1.2 million per year in transportation costs by setting uniform start times for schools. The proposal failed by a vote of 4-3 with trustees Larry Marshall, Greg Meyers, and Paula Harris voting in favor. Trustees Harvin Moore, Anna Eastman, Juliet Stipeche, and Michael Lunceford voted to keep the current schedule. Trustees Manuel Rodriguez Jr. and Carol Mims Galloway were not present for the vote.

Trustees who voted to maintain the current bell schedule cited research that shows high school students benefit from later start times. They also said they want schools to have more flexibility to decide their own schedules.