The idea of letting high school kids get an extra 45 minutes of sleep in the morning is terrific, so, of course, the opposition is mustering its forces to kill the plan.
The latest salvo comes from the town’s financial services department, which put out some kind of half-assed report that claims taxpayers would be out a bundle in order to light and improve athletic fields, which is said to be necessary to let practices and games go later since school would end later.
But we’re really talking peanuts here and that report doesn’t seem to factor in the advantages of having better fields. One could make a reasonable argument for improving the fields without changing school starting times. In fact, many of the same people who are against the time change are the same people who would never protest any scheme to make fields better or more numerous.
As for me, I don’t care much about playing fields or sports, even though they matter to my kids. What I care about is having more rested, happier students who will thrive even more than they do now. That’s the only thing that matters.
Here’s the Courant’s lame little story about the report, which will remain free for only a copy of weeks: http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-whdlatestart0729.artjul29,0,6188320.story.