Time change for the 2012-2013 school year

For the past year, the entire student body at DHS has been trying to adjust to a new start time of 8:00 a.m. While most seemed okay with it, many parents and students complained about the change.

A few months ago, an email was sent out to the entire student body with a link to a survey the school administration had created. In the survey, there were questions regarding the new start time. When the results came back, the school board voted on changing the start time back to the original 8:30 a.m. After a brief meeting, the decision was made to go through with it.

A follow up email was sent out by principal McKain explaining the change. In the email, McKain proceeded to explain that the results of the survey were split “fifty-fifty” so the school board made the final decision.

“I actually think it’s a really bad idea,” said sophomore Natalie Warner. “Everyone got used to waking up early so it’s part of our schedule. Plus, I have after school activities. Which means they’ll run later, so I’ll get home later, and that makes homework difficult.”

While an extra half hour of sleep is easily appreciated by a group of teenagers, the shortage of time for after school activities appeared to stress out more than just Warner.

“I have mixed emotions about it.” Added sophomore Ramsey Nowlin. “I like sleeping in later, but I’ll have less time after school. That’s going to be really stressful for my schedule next year.”