Stillwater News Press

December 11, 2012

Class starting times adjusted for next school year in Stillwater

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — High school, junior high and middle school students will get to sleep in a little later during the 2013-14 school year.

The Stillwater Board of Education approved a measure Tuesday night that adjusted starting times at each of the schools in the district.

Stillwater High School and Stillwater Junior High students will start 9 a.m., an hour later than the schedule in place now.

Stillwater Middle School will start at 8:30 a.m., 35 minutes later than now.

Each of Stillwater’s six elementary schools will begin at 8 a.m., 55 minutes earlier than they presently start.

Kellee Brown, the district’s public information officer, said the change in starting times is an effort to improve student performance. She said younger students are more responsive early in the day and secondary level students are more responsive later.

Board member Debbie Vincent said the later starting time could improve attendance and reduce students arriving tardy for class.

Board member Kevin Clark said changing the class times “is the best thing for our kids academically.”

The board also approved $1.03 million in roofing contracts. Five bids were received Nov. 30, and the district selected two for five roofing projects.

Alva Roofing of Edmond came in with a low bid of $208,112 for a new roof above the Stillwater High School main office. Alva Roofing also had the low bid of $434,515 for a two-story section of roof at Stillwater Middle School.

The Byers Company and Hart Roofing, both of Sapulpa, had the low bid of $181,595 for a new roof and construction of an exterior wall of the gymnasium on a ninth-grade wing of Stillwater Junior High School. Byers and Hart also had the low bid of $141,941 for a new roof on the west edition of the middle school and a low bid of $65,644 for a new roof on the high school common area.

Assistant Superintendent Jim Ryan said the projects will be paid for with $500,000 from the building fund and $531,000 from the 2011 school bond issue.