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Webster CSD Announces School Start Time Change for FALL 2019

It’s just about time for the start of school… only 20 days left until we kick off what I’m confident will be another amazing year together! As we prepare to begin the 2018-19 school year, I have two exciting pieces of news to share. During its August 14 meeting, your board of education approved the district’s proposal to change start times for our elementary and secondary students (to approximately 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. for secondary schools and 7:45 a.m.-2:10 p.m. for elementary schools with all times plus or minus five minutes), effective ONE YEAR FROM NOW, in fall 2019. This timeline allows us to spend the next 12 months communicating the details of this positive change for our One Webster community. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
 
Throughout the past year, elementary and secondary work groups have been meeting to research the scientific evidence that supports this start time change for our students, along with the implications for our academic program, district transportation, childcare, athletics, and elementary activity period. Rest assured, teams will continue to meet throughout the 2018-19 school year as we communicate to you how this change will occur beginning with NEXT FALL’s 2019-20 school year.
 
I’m also pleased to inform you that a newly proposed capital improvement project will be up for a vote by our Webster CSD community later this year. The proposed $69.5 million capital project will focus on improvements that will make a difference to our entire One Webster community, and further strengthen our continued partnership with the Town of Webster. Included in this proposal are state-of-the-art media centers at all elementary schools, Willink Middle School, and Webster Schroeder High School. There are also proposed renovations to the technology education wing at Webster Thomas High School, improvements to playing fields at both high schools, and the purchase of the Town of Webster’s field at Basket Road. WCSD’s transportation center will also see improvements and expansion as part of this proposed project.
 
Please look for more information regarding these two important initiatives for our One Webster community throughout the coming year. I look forward to navigating these exciting changes together!

 
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