Losing sleep over time change

The Leon County School Board decided that it was okay to revise the starting times for Leon County Schools for the 2009-2010 school year, according to tdo.com.

Currently, the Leon County school system is operating on 18 various start times throughout the district.

The new plan will be implemented this fall and requires schools to have one set start and finish time.

All high schools will begin at 7:30 a.m., all elementary schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and all middle schools will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Come fall, students, teachers and parents will have to get used to a new routine.

Personally, I would prefer that this didn’t happen.

I’m devastated about the new start times and how it will affect the Leland household.

After a year of staying on my own, last fall I decided to move back home under the care of my mother.

I don’t have a car and since my sister attends Florida A&M University Developmental Research School, we were able to carpool and it was perfect.

We all wake up around 6:30 am to get her to school at 8:15.

Normally, I’m the last one to get in the car and quite often my sister has been late for school because of me.

The routine I have now is already hard to get used to.

The School Board members said the new uniform times will cut out 21 bus routes and save about $1.2 million a year.

That’s really great for the Leon County budget, but what about the hours of sleep I have to cut?

Patronda Leland for the Editorial Board