Bronwyn Lauder says any school schedule change would change the schedule of her household -- a change she says would create difficulty.
"For me personally, it would be a hardship," Lauder said. "We are not zoned to the school that my son attends so it will add quite a bit of time when we find ourselves in rush hour traffic."
HISD's transportation budget cuts have already totaled $2 million. Now, the board will vote to cut even more by considering standardizing start and end times for every HISD campus.
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It's a scary thought for parent Chryshanthi Vethan, with children in different schools.
She said, "It will be kind of tough trying to beat the traffic and get everyone here at the same time."
HISD says standardized times would save an estimated $1.2 million. The amount of students would increase on individual buses from an estimated 25 to 35 students. Up to 100 buses would be removed from service. As for class time, the average increase would be an additional nine minutes of instruction per day.
One board member says he's voting against it, and worries the estimated savings would be spent elsewhere.
HISD Trustee Mike Luceford said, "Some of those schools that are changing their times, it's going to be a cost to the school. Have we really analyzed? Are we just transferring the cost of the transportation department to the school? And we've already cut the funding from the schools so they're already hurting. Is it a double whammy?"