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CMS Parents Push For End To Late School Days

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Several parents plan to push the CMS school board tonight to do away with school days that end after 3:45. Hundreds of CMS students have days that begin at 9:15 and end at 4:15. That hasn't always been the case. This year, the district pushed back the start time of several schools to save about $4 million in costs to bus students. Lisa Hundley's son begins school at 9:15 this year. She says that later start time makes it difficult for the family since her daughter has to be at school two hours earlier. "They're on two completely different schedules and it's really tough in the morning and in the evenings it really cuts into our family time together," says Hundley. Hundley and parents at 10 schools with late start times plan to make their argument to the school board tonight. Many of the 3,000 parents, students and faculty they surveyed say they're unhappy with the later school days. CMS Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh hasn't said whether he plans to keep those schedules in place for next year.