Taylor KnightApr 24, 2018, 11:37 am

Millburn School Board of Education proposes extended schedule

Officials say students would have extra time to meet with teachers, work on college applications

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MILLBURN — The Millburn Board of Education has proposed a new schedule for students in town. This new schedule would add an hour long study period in the middle of the day at the high school by shortening class times and extending the school day by 15 minutes, according to Superintendent Christine Burton.

The elementary school students would have to start and stay in school 15 minutes later to accommodate for buses. But parents at South Mountain Elementary School say that would be a big inconvenience.

“The morning time is very difficult for us, especially people going into New York, it becomes even more difficult,” says parent Gaurav Bidasarai.

Currently, Millburn High School starts at 7:45 a.m. and goes until 2:32 p.m. The proposed schedule will keep students in school until 2:47p.m. As for the elementary students, they would stay in school from 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

According to a letter sent from Burton to parents, the purpose of the extended period is to give high school students extra time to meet with teachers and guidance counselors and do homework. Students would also be able to work on college applications or essays, and hold club meetings. However, elementary school parents don't see any benefit for their kids.

“Everybody has to reach work at 9 o’clock in the morning and so if they delayed the opening time of the school, then we’ll be late for work,” Bidasarai says.

The board of education will review this proposed plan at a meeting scheduled for April 30.

Burton says she plans to send the final proposal to parents in advance of the meeting.

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