Catholic school students may have to start classes early next year

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:34pm

Catholic school students might have to get out of bed a little earlier come next school year thanks to a plan that would start classes at 7:45 instead of 8:30.

The proposed time change is meant to put fewer school buses on the roads, which will save East Baton Rouge Parish Schools money, according to a school system spokesperson.

Right now, it costs about $2 million to run 50 school buses a year.

To cut down on those numbers, the EBR School Board and Catholic schools worked together to make the schedule more efficient, which means students at Catholic schools will have to catch the bus earlier.

Kara Michael's children go to their Catholic schools on an EBR bus every day.

“I'm glad that we do have the option for the kids to ride the bus,” stated Michael. “It's great that the Catholic school system is lucky and has that.”

She then learned that school might be starting earlier to accommodate the new plans.

“It just kind of makes some wrinkles and bumps along the road that we'll have to try and figure out.”

If the plan goes through, things are going to change for her family. For Michael, that's a frustration.

“The big issue is going to be them getting out earlier at the end of work day.”

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has said this was a better option than starting the school day a half an hour later, which she agrees with.

While she's not happy with the situation, the family will make the best of it.

“I guess I would hope there are no budget cuts, and all the bus drivers kept their jobs, and the schedule stayed the same. We’re just going to have to deal with it and move forward.”

This change will affect more than 9,000 students who take the buses every day.

Both the EBR School Board and the Catholic Schools superintendent say they're working together to make the best choices for their students.

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