By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
DAVENPORT — Parents of students in Davenport private schools, through a survey, indicated a strong desire to have the school day start and end at the same time as it did in the 2013-14 school year. Responses were sought from parents who have children enrolled in nonpublic schools in the Davenport Community School District.
On June 9 the Davenport School Board voted to have most public elementary schools begin school at 7:30 a.m., intermediate schools at 8:45 a.m. and high schools at 8:10 a.m. Nonpublic elementary schools — All Saints Catholic, John F. Kennedy Catholic, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic and Trinity Lutheran — were given a start time of 8:45 a.m. while Assumption High School would start at 8:10 a.m. Also at issue is bus transportation for students.
School administrators representing faith-based Davenport schools met June 18 to review survey responses submitted by 849 families. “Survey results indicate a strong desire to maintain typical start and end times, as established by previous years, for the 2014-2015 school year,” said Andy Craig, president of Assumption High School and spokesperson for the administrators.
“At this time, we are waiting for specific bus routing information from Davenport Community Schools in order to determine how to best meet the needs of the families served through our educational mission. We have been told that we will receive this information from DCSD early this week.”
Once that happens, administrators can begin to look at possibly starting school earlier. “It’s a waiting game,” Craig said.