Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools could be starting five minutes earlier next year

Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 18:02:52-05

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools committee is recommending some changes to the school day.

Starting next year, the committee is recommending the district's middle and high schools begin the day five minutes earlier, and all schools, including the elementary schools, be dismissed 15 minutes earlier, according to the Buffalo News.

The committee, made up of district workers, parents and Board of Education members, discussed the changes at the school board meeting Tuesday.

Students at Kenmore East and Kenmore West currently start school at 7:50 a.m. and will start at 7:45 a.m. next year.

Interim Ken-Ton Superintendent Stephen Bovino says the move comes after some parents and educators expressed concern about the amount of time younger students spent in the classroom.

"Kids were coming home tired, kids just weren't use to that length of a day, there wasn't enough playtime," Bovino told 7 Eyewitness News.

Bovino says the district had a lot of factors to consider for a student body of 7,000 students, including extracurricular activities, tech education and sports.