Clocks at Geneseo Middle School have long been a bit “off.”
“For years, the clocks of Geneseo Middle School have been operating approximately three to four minutes faster than standard time in order to accommodate bus schedules,” said GMS principal Matt DeBaene.
However, the Geneseo School Board recently approved a change to the school day at GMS which would allow the building to be “on schedule” with the rest of the town for the 2012-13 school year.
“By starting and ending the school day five minutes earlier than prior years, Geneseo Middle School will be able to accommodate bus schedules while also maintaining standard time,” said DeBaene.
GMS student attendance day will be moved from its current 8:20 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. schedule to an 8:15 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. schedule.
“We worked with Pinks’ Bus Service to make sure the change wouldn’t mess them up,” said DeBaene. “The result will cause no disruption to transportation schedules and will cause less confusion with parents and other stakeholders over the difference in times.
“In the past, when people would come to our building, their clocks would say one thing and ours would say another,” said DeBaene. “It just wasn’t a very efficient system. This will work out much better.”
Tweaking the schedule by a few minutes is a minor issue, but DeBaene said it will be beneficial to middle school students and staff.
“A lot of people outside of the building may not even realize there’s been a change, but when it comes to scheduling meetings with parents or visitors, it is a big deal,” he said.
In addition to the school clocks changing at the start of the next school year, DeBaene said some faculty members may also have to make time adjustments.
“When I?made the announcement that we would be changing the time, one teacher said, ‘Oh no, the clocks in my house and vehicle are set to middle school time,’” said the principal.
DeBaene himself also will need to make an adjustment. “The watch I wear at work is set to middle