COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - High school students in Muscogee County will be waking up a little bit earlier for this upcoming school year. That's because public high schools in Muscogee County will be starting classes 15 minutes earlier than last school year.
Superintendent David Lewis announced those changes at Monday night's Muscogee Co. school board meeting, and the schedule still includes the same dismissal time for high schoolers.
For the 2015-16 school year, the doors will open at Jordan and Spencer High Schools at 7:20am and classes start at 7:50am. At all the other high schools in the Muscogee County School District, doors will open at 7:40am and start time for classes will be 8:10am. The end time for all these school will again be 3:25pm. This is for the school year that starts August 10.
Poor academic achievement in the past and federal grants for school improvement are the reasons why Jordan and Spencer have slightly longer instructional days.
As to why there's an additional 15 minutes added to the beginning of the day for MCSD high schools, the superintendent explained that a straight 7-day period schedule requires 7 hours and 15 minutes of student contact time, 15 more minutes than the previous 4x7 modified block schedule.
School officials also say "the revised high school start time adjusts morning bus pick-up times by 5-10 minutes depending on location within the county."
Superintendent Lewis says this does not impact the budget, positively or negatively.