Save Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Start Times
  • Petitioned Pinellas County School Board

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Pinellas County School Board

Save Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Start Times

    1. Petition by

      Samuel Joyce

      Saint Petersburg, FL

Recently, the School Board of Pinellas County voted 5-2 to change the school times of Thurgood Marshall Fundamental from 7:20 AM-2:05 PM to 9:30AM-4:15PM. They did this in order to preserve busing at that school. Thurgood is the only fundamental school in the county to have busing; fundamental schools are not supposed to have busing. Before they did this, a survey was sent out, that asked whether parents want a start time change. The overwhelming majority did not, preferring cutting busing instead. However, the district went ahead with the plan, despite hundreds of angry emails from parents.This change does not only affect parents of current Thurgood students, however. Several families chose this school over other middle schools because of the start time; changing it now is cruel to those families. Many students will probably switch schools to Madeira Beach Fundamental if this change occurs, as many students come from working families, where their parents have 9-5 jobs and can't take their kids to school with these new times.

Survey Statistics: 808 surveys were handed out to Thurgood students. 81% (650) were returned. 73% (475) favored keeping the start times instead of busing. 27% (175) favored keeping busing and changing the start time (this is apparently a "compelling" number of students). If 175 is a "compelling" number of students who need busing, then 175 signatures should be a "compelling" enough number to keep the start times. We have a NEW goal of 475 signatures (one for every yes response).

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    • Erica Simpson SAINT PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Our family worships, works, lives academically and socially, eats and sleeps according to this schedule. We do not thrive under the new time. We are opposing this change to support the minority. There must be a compromise and a grant to fund the current busing requirement for this one last year. We will research this issue.

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    • randi youngerman ST PETE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      please reconsider changing school times. i choose thurgood based on the earlier start times so that i can get to work on time.

      thanks!!

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    • Martha Loyd ST. PETE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      pcsb will save money by not providing busing. won't this set precedent to establish busing at other fundamental schools? one of the conorstones of fundmental schools is that parent provide transportation. Will this be changing or has it already changed?

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    • Tony Calandra TIERRA VERDE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

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    • melissa garrison ST.PETERSBURG, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Changing the times of school starting and ending will highly impact alot of families including ours. We have a child that attends after school therapies due to a physical disability and we have schudueled these sessions around school to make sure all of our children have the full oppurtunity to get the education they need. Changing the times would make it very hard for our family to do what we need to do for our kids both educationally and physically. PLEASE reconsider this decision!!

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