McKeesport Area adjusts school starting times for fall
McKeesport Area School District is aligning its student start times with other districts in the region.
When students begin the 2013-14 school year on Aug. 22, they will follow a schedule unlike the district's traditional routine.
While McKeesport Area families have become accustomed to unique start times that allowed younger children to start their days early, Superintendent Timothy Gabauer explained, that schedule did not follow the trend among Western Pennsylvania school districts.
“We had our elementary students getting out around 1:45, which is very early,” Gabauer said. “We had a situation where all of the younger students were getting home earlier than their older siblings. We looked at other districts around us, and there is more of a standard system where older students start first and the youngest finish last. Ours was not like that.”
New times for the first bell and dismissal are as follows, including temporary locations as construction is completed at Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate and Founders Hall:
• McKeesport Area High School, 7:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
• Founders Hall, 7:55 to 3:05
• Sixth Grade Academy (Founders Hall annex at White Oak), 8 to 3
• Francis McClure Intermediate and Twin Rivers Intermediate (in George Washington before winter break), 8:25 to 3:15
• Francis McClure Primary and Twin Rivers Primary (in Centennial before winter break), 9 to 3:40.
To accommodate working parents and guardians, the district sent home notices before the end of the 2012-13 school year that it would contract child care providers for next year's before- and after-school programs. On Wednesday, the school board approved an agreement for Alliance Christian Child Care Center staff to be on site providing care for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Francis McClure and Twin Rivers (in the Centennial building before winter break).
“When we changed the times, a student who started at 8 o'clock last year might be starting at 8:45 this year,” Gabauer explained. “That's a major inconvenience to families, and it was requested by one of our board members to offer day care or at least help out with that.”
Administrators said Alliance's in-school service will be affordable and reliable. Income-qualifying families may apply childcare assistance to the in-school service, which will be billed through Alliance.
“Many parents want to have a safe, structured before- and after-school child care service,” assistant superintendent Rula Skezas said. “We've decided on this particular service, which has been in business for over 30 years.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Clairton City School District seeks savings in food service management
- Hearing delay granted in fatal McKeesport arson case
- McKeesport Area principal, 8 others take retirement offer
- Public comment policy varies in Mon Valley school districts
- McKeesport police use stun gun in arrest of Penn Hills man on slew of charges
- Elizabeth Forward budget ‘healthy’; makeup days added in March
- Duquesne City School District administrators cite student progress
- Fatal West Mifflin dog attack recalls similar 2012 McKeesport incident
- Elizabeth Township woman pleads guilty in several drug cases
- Police don’t believe recent McKeesport shootings are connected
- Steel Valley school board silences comments at workshop meetings