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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:36 pm | Updated: 3:02 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board will discuss start and end times for next school year at a meeting on April 14. The board was to discuss the matter during Tuesday night's meeting, but it was decided earlier to move it to a future agenda.

The district has been collecting community input on start and end times for high schools for the 2009-2010 school year. Currently, high schools start at 7:30 a.m., with "A" hour at 6:30 a.m. The proposals put high school start times at either 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. for first hour, with "A" hour being an hour earlier than first hour.

That could shift junior high start times about one hour later than they are now. The board is looking at two proposals. They both include changes to elementary school start times as well. Those changes vary, from very little to a move of about 30 minutes earlier or later than they are now.

The governing board Tuesday was also scheduled to hear a first reading on a policy change that would allow a student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) to participate in a graduation ceremony with age-appropriate peers even if the student will continue with school the following year. The change was sparked by a request from Highland High School senior Kevyn Barton to walk in this year's ceremony with friends he has known for years. Kevyn will not graduate this year, but will continue with the district's special education program until he is 22.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal at the April 14 meeting.

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