Education digest: Later start times in Montgomery; Springfield principal resigns

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Discussing later school start times

A long-anticipated discussion on whether to shift the hours of Montgomery County’s high-school day so that teenagers can get more sleep is set for early October, shortly after the expected release of a new report.

The Montgomery County Board of Education is scheduled to take up the issue at a meeting Oct. 8, with a presentation on the new report by its Bell Times Workgroup. The group, which began meeting in January, examined research on teen sleep and school hours in other communities.

The close look at the issue came in December after parents submitted signatures from an online petition bearing about 10,000 names in support of moving high school start times to 8:15 a.m. or later. The opening bells of high school in Montgomery ring at 7:25 a.m., meaning many students head out to their bus stops in the 6 o’clock hour.

Donna St. George

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Springfield school principal resigns

Sangster Elementary Principal Chris Summers resigned just a few days into the school year, according to Fairfax County officials.

Summers left voluntarily, for personal reasons, officials said. He had become principal of Sangster, a 900-student school in Springfield, in 2011.

In a letter sent home to parents, Assistant Superintendent Angela Gwynne-Atwater wrote that an acting principal would be named soon. The current assistant principals at Sangster, Allison Jankovich and Addison Smith, will continue to serve in their current positions, she said.

“I have every confidence that these excellent educators will provide strong and capable support and leadership,” Gwynne-Atwater wrote.

T. Rees Shapiro

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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