- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - South Bend schools are putting off a proposal that would have delayed school start times for more than an hour for intermediate and high school students.

The plan called for making school start at 9 a.m. for older students as a way to lessen tardiness and improve academic achievement. Superintendent Carole Schmidt told the school board Monday that it would be revisited for the 2016-17 school year.

Schmidt says she had concerns about effects on transportation, particularly in light of a bus driver shortage. She says waiting on the proposal also gives coaches and parents more time to add their voices.

School board president Jay Caponigro says members will be looking for updates in the fall.

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