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Start Times Task Force

The pandemic forced Princeton Public Schools into a two-tier bus schedule in 2020. Primary and intermediate students are on the early tier; middle and high school students are on the second tier. With a bus driver shortage, the district has continued the two-tier system, which requires fewer drivers than a single-tier system. Now, three years into the two-tier system, the district has promised to study the impacts of school start times with the two-tier system and consider whether any changes are needed.

While on the surface, it may seem like a simple decision, start times affect every family in our school system (students and staff). To that end, the district has formed a stakeholder task force to study the issue and make a recommendation to the administration and school board.

Princeton is not the first district to undertake a study of start times. There is extensive research on school start times, and there is no easy solution. In December 2023 the district launched the Start Times Task Force, consisting of parents, staff, and student representatives. The committee's purpose is to study the issue and become local experts on the factors for consideration and impacts on our students and families. Task force members were chosen on the criteria of having an open mind, curiosity and a desire to learn. Then, make recommendations in the best interest of all students.

Task Force Members

Sarah Marxhausen

Task Force facilitator, Primary School Principal, Community member, Elementary/Secondary school aged parent

Jeremy Peterson

Healthcare Medical Advisor, Community member,  Elementary school aged parent

Eylee Hincher

High School Student (Activities: Play and Speech), Community Member

Brianne Becker

Daycare Director, Community member, Elementary school aged parent

Jennifer Super

Community member, Elementary/Secondary school aged parent

Anne Mundt

Community member, Secondary school aged parent

Tara Gann

Primary School teacher, Elementary school aged parent

Carrie Stencel

Intermediate School teacher, Community member, Secondary school aged parent

Jesse Zimmer

Middle School teacher, Community member, Secondary school aged parent, Coach

Sara Clemons

High school teacher, Community member, Elementary/Secondary school aged parent, Coach

Melissa Lynch

School Board member, Public Engagement committee, Community member, Elementary/Secondary school aged parent

Jessica Town-Gunderson

Director of Teaching & Learning for Princeton Schools 

Peyton Anderson

High School Student (Activities: Cross Country & Track), Community Member

Ashley Pettipiece

PTO representative, Community member, Elementary school aged parent

Stephan Hafften

Community member, Elementary/Secondary school aged parent

Annie Porttiin

Primary School teacher, Community member, Secondary school aged parent

Chad Ruzek

Intermediate School teacher, Community member, Secondary school aged parent, Coach

Jordan Neubauer

Middle School teacher, Community member, Elementary school aged parent

Derek Hasselberg

High school teacher, Elementary school aged parent, Coach

Bethaney Vaale

Palmer Bus representative, Community member, Elementary school aged parent

Task Force Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2024

January 30, 2024

February 13, 2024

Meeting Dates

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