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Start Time Committee Members

An initial committee was formed in February 2018 to explore the option of instituting a later start time for HTSD secondary students. The committee was formed in response to a presentation given in January 2018 by Dr. Peter Franzen, which provided evidence-based research on the benefits of a later start time, particularly for students in the teenage years. 

The initial committee studied research on the benefits of later start times to determine if making the change would be beneficial for HTSD students. As part of the committee's research, a sleep study survey was sent to parents and students in the middle and high schools. The results of that survey indicated that on average, students at this age level were not getting the number of hours of sleep per night recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The initial committee provided a report to the full School Board, recommending the District implement later start times, and to form a larger committee that would be tasked with determining the best way to accomplish the goal. 

Initial Committee Members

Dr. Michael Loughead, Superintendent
Dr. Jacquelyn Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 
Dr. John Thornton, District Psychologist
Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina, High School Principal
Dr. Marlynn Lux, Middle School Principal
Mrs. Gail Litwiler, School Board Member
Mrs. Jill Hamlin, School Board Member

Expanded Committee Members

Autumn Gindlesperger, Parent Representative
Bill Cardone, Athletic Director
Carma Lamm, Parent Representative
Denise Balason, School Board
Dina Dunmire, HTEA
Lisa Easley, Food Services/Transportation
Jennifer Retsch, Parent Representative
Jeff Kline, Director of Administrative Services
Dr. Michael Silbaugh, HMS Assistant Principal
Jill Sladic, HTEA
Terri Ronald, Parent Representative
Trish Buben, Parent Representative

*All individuals who served on the initial committee are part of the expanded committee.* 



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