Phase two of the school district’s plan to study different school start times begins this week, with open houses scattered throughout the district for people to stop by and look at the potential changes.

The district began exploring later start times last year.

In November, the school board declared its support for a continued study of the topic.

Currently high schools start first at 7:45 a.m., elementary and K-8 schools begin after high schools and middle schools start last.

Four options have been proposed, with theoretical start times ranging from 8-9:30 a.m. for elementary, middle and high schools in various orders.

The intention of the open houses, according to school district spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch, is so parents can stop in, take about 20 minutes to look at the presentation boards, take a survey, ask questions and get answers.

McCulloch said Shannon Bingham will be at each of the open houses. Bingham, from Western Demographics, Inc., was hired by the district to research the potential change of school start and end times, as well as the impact different times may have.

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