Finally at this discussion at 9:15 p.m.
Basically, there is one proposal plus two alternatives. I haven't seen alts but staff doesn't seem enthused.
Staff says there were 21 start times and this would get it down to 8.
As well, this current proposal would be "temporary" in service to later/better bell times in 1-2 years. That sounds great but what happens when we get there and whoops? Can't change those times then?
I would want a guarantee that any changes for 2012-2013 are TEMPORARY with a set endtime.
Update: Dorothy Neville says that Transportation said the EXACT same thing three years ago when the NSAP was rolled out. Meaning, "this is temporary, we'll save money, better service, will have a taskforce." No taskforce ever came about and they say there is one now.
There are "civil twilight" issues which I can't speak to but it is a legal issue around children being out in the dark during certain hours and at certain ages.
Olga Addae, SEA, spoke to this in her remarks because if some students get to school earlier, even 10 minutes, that means adults have watch those children and it impacts teacher/staff contracts.
Marty McLaren worried about lack of Metro routes and lateness of students to schools in West Seattle. One Metro bus is so full that students are standing there and bus passes them by. Metro did not respond so SPS had to put in yellow bus for them.
Betty Patu asked about when parents would know about this issue. She said we need to start involving parents and community.
DeBell says we are in final stages for budget and may have to go to RIFs if they don't find the savings to cover Transportation costs.
Carr likes alternative #2 so far.
This is a "short-gap shot" for next year and knew they would not have time for public input for 2012-2013 but would from Transportation Taskforce for future. (So this was a go-around for public input and staff obviously was hoping this wouldn't matter to the Board.)
Board seems understanding to staff but concerned for students and parents.
I will try to get links to the alts tomorrow.