CON: Staggered times could cause school, work interference
Aug. 19, 2010 at 3:19 a.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.
Christina Gonzales helps cash out last-minute school clothes shoppers at the Old Navy in the Victoria Mall.
Working the summer has been nice, but the 17-year-old senior at Victoria East High School is worried about the time crunch the new 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. school schedule might cause.
"I don't think it's really going to solve anything," she said.
Christina considers herself lucky because the store manager works around high school students' school schedules.
She is not involved in any sports, but wants to continue being involved in the Key Club and student council.
"Usually my high school students work the night shift at 6 p.m.," said Jessica Matuizek, manager.
Still, Christina, and her co-worker and fellow Titan Jasline Lantz, 16, feel there may be too little time for homework and time off.
The only upside is sleeping in an extra 30 minutes to an hour, they both said.
"I'm against it," said Jasline about the time change. "I'm a morning person."
Jasline is involved in cross country and track and said getting out of class at 4 p.m. will mean she will, like Christina, have a tight schedule.
Jasline also worries staggering the times won't help smooth traffic.
Some people leave early for and from work, she said.
Instead, she suggests having more than one entrance at East and West high schools would be the better congestion solution.
"It's going to be a lot harder," she said.
Ray Miller, deputy director of development at the development service department with the city, takes count of the traffic and said the city will have to wait to see how this new schedule works out.
"We just have to see how traffic patterns work and how people respond to the new signals," he said.