The community remains divided on school start times, with some parents arguing that new times must be implemented and others saying the current structure is working just fine. That was the general feeling at a parent focus group led by the Board of Education\u2019s Strategic Planning Committee Monday, April 17. The focus group was one in a series of groups geared toward teachers, administrators, students, community members, and parents. The last one took place Tuesday, April 18. Board member David Cordisco said that after concluding focus groups, the board will be releasing a community-wide survey about start time impacts before making its final recommendation on May 22. \u201cIt impacts teachers, athletics, working parents, after-school jobs \u2014 it could be positive or negative,\u201d said Cordisco. \u201cIt could impact volunteerism. \u201cIt touches everybody in the community \u2014 we are trying to take a thoughtful approach to it, and that\u2019s why we\u2019re having these meetings.\u201d Student health Some parents argued that student health was more important than any of the other factors. \u201cThe medical facts are not in dispute,\u201d said a father of two girls. \u201cIt really comes down to cost and logistics. \u201cYou can talk about community impact, but I would disagree because I thought, as a board member, you\u2019re supposed to represent the kids.\u201d Another parent said she didn\u2019t agree with athletics being a major barrier to changing start times. \u201cTo me, school is primarily for academic education,\u201d she said. \u201cI don\u2019t think sport times should drive the academic schedule and sport has to take a second place to health.\u201d Athletics But others in the audience were concerned that a later start time would negatively impact athletic schedules for students who partake in activities in other towns \u2014 mainly swimming. \u201cAthletically, later start times is an absolute disaster,\u201d said one parent. \u201cI\u2019d have to switch schools if my son can\u2019t swim.\u201d Cordisco said the board\u2019s subcommittee will review all the information from the focus groups, compile the data from the surveys and make a formal recommendation on start times to the entire board and Superintendent Karen Baldwin on Monday, May 22.