CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Halfway through the school year, parents are still grumbling about changes to start times at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
It s affecting everyone the students, the families and the faculty, said Lissiah Taylor-Hundley. Her son is an 8th grader who gets off the bus at 5 p.m.
As budget talks crank up again, NewsChannel 36 has learned some school board members are looking at how to change things back.
CMS was trying to save on transportation costs when they made the changes. But the changes mean some middle schools run from 7:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. and others go from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
At Frances Bradley Middle in Huntersville, parents aren t happy.
This is a really rough schedule. It s getting dark by the time they get off the bus and get situated, Taylor-Hundley said.
Taylor-Hundley s son is at the middle school. Her daughter is at Hopewell High School just down the road. The high school gets out at 2:15 p.m., two hours before the middle school.
For us it s like the bells are terrible. It messes with a lot of different people s schedules, said Blake Taylor-Hundley.
It messed with so many schedules parents from across Mecklenburg County recently joined forces and surveyed 2,000 people.
Overall, 86 percent of faculty, 75 percent of parents and 70 percent of students they talked to are against the new schedule.
If we don t have some kind of impact in changing the bell schedules some teachers, really awesome teachers, are going to request a move to a school with an earlier bell schedule, Taylor-Hundley said.
At least some school board members are listening. Board member Tim Morgan said it will take about $400,000 to change the schedules back and he says it s a priority for him as budget talks get underway.