I will be providing an update on all topics discussed at the School Board "retreat" meetings but want to start with the School Start Times item since a message was sent out by VBCPS.
In my view, there seemed to be consensus among many Board members to change start times and based on surveys and public input that I have received, the community also supported a change. However, new information was provided to us that there would be an associated cost of approximately $8 million to make this happen.
The Board must prioritize spending and while I believe changing start times is an important topic, we have some high costs that we must address. For example, needed resources for our special education students and reducing class size.
If we could find the money (without raising taxes) to make a change to school start times, it would be something that I would consider.