The early bird may get the worm, but some Ridgefield parents are hoping that high schoolers will get an extra hour of sleep next year. Others want to know more: Will the impact of a transportation scheduling change be too much on the rest of the district\u2019s student and parent population \u2014 its kindergartners, elementary students and middle schoolers? Could it really save the town money? The Board of Education will get closer to answering those questions at a special meeting Monday, Oct. 16, where results of a survey on school start times are expected to be revealed. The meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School, is open to the public and will include comments from the crowd. Parents, staff and students at the eighth grade or high school level received the survey online on Sept. 27 and were given a completion date of Monday, Oct. 9. Superintendent Karen Baldwin called the survey an \u201cimportant part of the decision making process\u201d on whether her administration will go forward with starting Ridgefield High School at 8:30 \u2014 65 minutes later than its current 7:25 start time. \u201cThe Board of Education and I are committed to gathering as much information on the proposed changes to school start time and learning the perspectives of parents, staff and students,\u201d Baldwin said. In favor The board is considering the schedule change in response to a significant body of research that suggests adolescents gain more beneficial sleep with a later school start time. Proponents say that\u2019s because of a natural shift in sleep schedules teens experience, which means they tend to fall asleep and wake up later than children or adults. Over the course of several months, several parents have repeatedly told the board that a later start time is more in line with the district\u2019s revised mission statement: policies that should \u201cpromote wellness of body and mind.\u201d In return, the board has whittled down a list of possible scenarios to three options: Option 1: East Ridge and Scotts Ridge middle schools start at 7:55 and get out at 2:45. High school starts at 8:30. The elementary schools would start last and retain the current four-tier bus model, with students from Branchville, Ridgebury and Scotland starting the day 25 minutes before students at Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park. Savings: $90,000. Option 2: Branchville, Barlow Mountain, and Ridgebury start at 7:35, with Farmingville, Scotland, and Veterans Park starting at 8. Students at Ridgefield High School wouldn\u2019t start until 8:35, and middle schoolers would begin their day last, at 9:10 \u2014 getting out of school at 4 p.m. Savings: $180,000. Four-tier bus system. \u201cCadillac\u201d option: All schools start at 8 or later. Middle schools start first, then high school at 8:25. Branchville, Ridgebury and Scotland start the day at 8:40 \u2014 20 minutes before students at Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park. Cost: $1,530,000. \u201cIt\u2019s a lot of money,\u201d said Vice Chair James Keidel about Cadillac option. Opposition Opponents believe that changing the high school start time will put an unfair strain on elementary and middle school students and families, forcing them to adjust schedules and make arrangements for child care. \u201cMy wife and I both work outside of the home,\u201d said Eric Bran at the board\u2019s Sept. 25 meeting. Bran told the board that he and his wife are fortunate enough to have staggered schedules. \u201cI can put my daughter on the bus, and my wife can meet her when she gets off the bus,\u201d he said. If that situation were to change under proposed start time scenarios, Bran said, it would significantly impact his family\u2019s life. \u201cThe decision made should not be made on the basis of transportation,\u201d he said. Start time scenarios All the options on the table \u2014 including not making any changes to the current transportation schedule \u2014 keep the district\u2019s four-tier bus system in place. Board Chairwoman Fran Walton said that condensing the bus runs down to a three-tier schedule would have cost the district \u201csignificantly more\u201d than the \u201cCadillac\u201d option that went out to survey takers. The board hopes to render a final decision on school start times by the end of October. If implemented, the change would go into effect next fall.