UPDATE: No Change to Belvidere School Start Times

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- For the second time the Belvidere School Board shot down a proposal to push back starting times.

The vote came about because some parents were concerned about their kids getting up too early for class, while others say the new times would have made it difficult for working parents to get their child to school. The board voted down the proposal five to one Tuesday night. A similar plan last year failed by a vote of five to two.

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Kids in the Belvidere School District could be starting classes later next year.

The Belvidere School Board is supposed to vote on later start times tonight. It’s a plan that did not pass the last time they voted.

This is how it would work elementary schools would change start times from 7:40 to 8:05.

The middle schools would go from 8:38 to 8:58 and the high schools would change from 7:55 to 8:00 am.

the vote came after some parents.. mainly those of elementary students.. voiced concerns about their kids getting up too early.

Belvidere School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Houselog said, "We've had elementary students getting on the buses as early as 6:30 or 6:45 in the morning. So as a result of some study that went on, a year ago we made recommendation to the board and the board took action on it and voted 5 to 2 not to change the start times."

The district also did a survey of 23-hundred community members--most of which were parents. It showed about half in favor of the plan and half against it. Some of those against it are concerned about getting their kids to school before their work day begins.

The school board is expected to vote on the plan tonight.

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