Wayzata's vote on school start times touches a nerve among families


Alexis Hayden has often juggled soccer practice with academics as a sophomore at Wayzata High School. She’s seen peers nod off in early classes, exhausted from late nights of homework.

“The high school is very challenging,” she said. “It’s been said that it’s tougher than some colleges.”

Hayden was among those who cheered Monday night when she found out Minnesota’s largest high school will start at 8:20 a.m. instead of 7:30 next year — swapping start times with most of the district’s grade-schoolers, who will head to school earlier. After months of discussions and more than 1,800 online community comments, Superintendent Chace Anderson and a unanimous Wayzata school board agreed the switch would be best for the district as a whole.



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