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Hillsborough School Board: Earlier Bedtimes



The Hillsborough School Board is about to call it an earlier night on meeting dates.

Members are bumping up their regular meeting time to 3 p.m. from 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 18. They're also setting a time for public comment at 5 p.m., instead of the tail end of the meeting. People who wish to speak will be able to sign up online, as well as at the meeting.

The move comes after a year that saw some embarrassing outbursts under the Board's old policy, when teachers, students and parents often had to wait three-plus hours for their three minutes at the microphone. Tempers boiled over when a group of high school teachers began frequenting meetings to protest Superintendent MaryEllen Elia's decision to force many to teach an extra period each day.

Now some could argue that it's not so easy for the working mom or dad -- or a teacher located at the far-flung corners of the county -- to make it to downtown Tampa by 5 p.m. Only time will tell how well this change works out. But the prospect of meetings ending earlier brings smiles to those concerned with newspaper deadlines.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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