Diocese Superintendent: ‘Disappointed’ in Davenport Schools start times change

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The Superintendent of the Diocese of Davenport is weighing in on the Davenport Community Schools decision to change its start times for next year.

The Davenport Community School board has decided to start all of its elementary schools at 7:35 a.m. for the 2014-2015 school year. The high schools will start around 8:10 a.m., and the intermediate schools, along with the non-public schools, will start around 8:45 a.m. The school board made the decision at its meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014.

The decision will also impact private schools in the city of Davenport because of cooperative agreements for using buses.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic is one of the schools that uses Durham School Services to bus in its students. They use the service through Davenport Community Schools. This past year, St. Paul the Apostle started at 8:10, but next year, they may have to start at 8:45 a.m. due to Monday's decision.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Diocese of Davenport Superintendent Leland Morrison said he was 'disappointed' with the district's decision. However, the Catholic schools in the city will be 'resilient,' Morrison said.

To deal with the start time change, Catholic school leaders will meet in a closed session at Assumption High School on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. School leaders are discussing how the new start times affect both the mass and start times for each of their students. Assumption High School President Andrew Craig says his school will also look at whether starting at 8:10 a.m. is actually 'feasible' for the 2014-2015 school year. The school would rather start around 7:40 instead.

Morrison said he does not believe the schools will be able to use their own bus service to bring in students. Craig agreed with that statement on Wednesday. To see more coverage on the Assumption High School story, see the video below.