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Deal means Catholic schools could start earlier

3 years ago May 15, 2012 May 15, 2012 Tuesday, May 15 2012 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:12:47 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - Start time for students in East Baton Rouge Catholic Schools could be bumped up from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 next year.  It is a compromise the Catholic Diocese and the East Baton Rouge Parish came to because of their 2012-2013 budget crunch.

EBR Schools plans to "cannibalize" 50 buses and use them for parts.  They will be then sold at an auction, according to EBR Schools Spokesperson Chris Trahan.  He said the plans will save the school system $2 million, but are not concrete yet.

The school board must first vote to cut the jobs of the drivers of those buses before the plan can be finalized, Trahan said.  Right now, though, the plan is a compromise between EBR schools and Catholic schools, which use EBR's buses for about 4,400 students.  The earlier start time is because the loss of 50 buses means the remaining buses would have to run three routes each morning and afternoon instead of the two they currently run.

Parents who spoke with News 2 all seemed to be in favor of the earlier start time, mainly because they would be able to dodge more rush-hour traffic.

"I leave my house early anyway, so I'm all for getting an early start," Gina Leyrer said.

"I love the idea of starting school earlier - getting home earlier, all the after-school activities could be done earlier," Tara Herrera told News 2.

The school board will hear the announcement on the compromise at their meeting Thursday.  They are expected to finalize the budget, and this plan, sometime before July 1.

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