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Compromise reached over start times for public and private schools in Davenport

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After several weeks of negotiations, private schools that share bus service with public schools in Davenport will only see minor changes to school day start times.

The private schools in the city wanted to start around 7:45 a.m. for the 2014-2015 school year, but the decision made by Davenport Community Schools on June 9, 2014, could have forced them to start around 8:45 a.m. because the public and private schools use the same bus service.

Both sides have been negotiating start times since that meeting on June 9, 2014.

Davenport Assumption will start school at 7:45 a.m. next year according to Assumption High School President Andrew Craig.

JFK Catholic School principal Chad Steimle said students at All Saints, Assumption, JFK and Trinity Lutheran schools would have bus drop-off times at 7:50 a.m.  and pick-up times of 3 p.m. for the next school year.  St. Paul's will have an 8:15 a.m. drop-off and 3:25 p.m. pick-up time.

"This agreed upon plan preserves the time needed by the faith-based schools to fulfill religious and academic missions, while also allowing students to receive bus transportation," Steimle said.

Steimle and Craig expressed appreciation to Davenport Community Schools leaders for their efforts to find a solution.  Davenport school officials were also happy that a compromise could be reached.

"No additional assets will be needed to put this transportation plan into action," said a spokesperson for the Davenport school district.  "We appreciate everyone's commitment to working toward a good solution."

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