After a year and a half of discussion on the issue, Issaquah schools Superintendent Janet Barry said yesterday that school start times would...

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School start times to stay mostly same

After a year and a half of discussion on the issue, Issaquah schools Superintendent Janet Barry said yesterday that school start times would remain mostly unchanged in the 2005-06 year.

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The debate on start times began nearly two years ago when the district decided to start secondary schools 14 minutes earlier. That move saved the district $400,000 during a budget crunch, but it raised concerns among parents, who argued that their children would suffer from a lack of sleep.

A committee of students, parents and administrators recommended three options to Barry in February. Their first choice was to move most schools’ start times 15 minutes ahead. That move would have cost the district about $240,000. Barry chose the second option, to make no change to the bell times.

“As always, the ideal and the practical collide,” she said in a prepared statement. The current schedule will remain in place with a minor change on Wednesdays at middle and high schools, she said. Also, the new Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus will begin classes 15 minutes later than area high schools.

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Marshall is holding a campaign luncheon at noon March 31 at the Meydenbauer Convention Center, 11100 N.E. 6th Street.


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The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Emerald Heights Retirement Center, in the Emerald Room, 10901 176th Circle N.E.

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For more information, contact call Jeff Palmer at 425-556-2857 or e-mail at .


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For more information:, or contact Grant Yang at 425-649-7190.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau