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May 7, 2008

Albany-  Parents complained when Dougherty County School leaders started talking about staggering school start times next year, but only four parents showed up at two public hearings on the matter.

School board members apparently weren't too interested in the hearings either. David Maschke was the only one to show up along with school department heads to answer questions. He says a lot of parents were initially upset about the proposal, but a letter sent to parents a week ago detailing how it would work may have answered their questions.

"As a board member I got a good amount of feedback, telephone calls, emails over the last two or three weeks all of which I compiled and summarized and sent into the administration and the superintendent because the administration was taking in all the comment not just from parents, but also staff members and teachers, and school leadership and trying to refine the program," said David Maschke, Dougherty County School Board Member.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal May 12th. Under the plan, buses would deliver elementary students to school at 7:30 a.m. and classes would start at eight.

Middle and high school students would be delivered at 8:10 and classes would start at 8:40.

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