Town Hall

Committee Membership and Research

The Rethinking School Start Time Committee is composed of 22 members who represent the interests of parents, teachers, students and school administrators.

Anne McKernan, Director of Secondary Education, serves as the committee chair. To select committee members, Ms. McKernan contacted the Parent Teacher Council President, Mr. Steven Deane, who worked with the PTO Presidents to recruit members. Six parents serve on the committee representing elementary, middle and high schools. Three parents represent the north end of town, while three represent the south end of town. The West Hartford Education Association (WHEA) President, Mrs. Theresa McKeown, recruited two elementary, two middle school and two high school teachers to serve, and Mrs. McKeown is a member. High School building administrators recruited one student from each high school. Two principals serve on the committee.

Membership

  • Andrew Clapsaddle - Sedgwick Middle School Principal

  • Tim Kessler - Department Supervisor, Science

  • Julio Duarte - Conard High School Principal

  • Karen Bridges - Whiting Lane Elementary Teacher

  • Peter Pfeffer - Sedgwick Middle School Teacher

  • Shoshana Luzusky - King Philip Middle School Teacher

  • Sean Passan - Hall High School Teacher

  • Corinne Harrington - Conard High School School Psychologist

  • Christina Feldolfi - Charter Oak International Academy Teacher

  • Theresa McKeown - Braeburn Teacher, President WHEA

  • Jeff Billing - Hall High School Teacher

  • Jennifer O'Connell - Middle School Parent

  • Doug Chriton - Elementary School Parent

  • Amy Steinberg - Middle School Parent

  • Kathryn Deane - Middle School Parent

  • Karen Tiernan - Hall High School Parent

  • Andy Mayo - Department Supervisor, Music

  • Jason Siegal - Athletic Director

  • Anne McKernan - Director of Secondary Education

  • Jennifer Boyd - Hall High School Parent

  • Megan Striff-Cave - Hall High School Student

  • Noah Case - Conard High School Student

Subcommittees and Research Topics

The committee organized eight subcommittees with the purpose of conducting in-depth research into key topics. The details below show the subcommittees’ areas of focus, the facilitators for each area, and a link to more info when it's available. Sleep Research Subcommittee Report

The RAND Corporation recently released a report regarding the economic benefits of later school start times. 

Sleep Research

  • Peter Pfeffer
  • Karen Bridges
  • Christina Fedolphi
  • Andy Mayo
  • Facilitator: Amy Steinberg

Stakeholder Impact

  • Doug Chritton
  • Karen Tiernan
  • Kathryn Deane
  • Shoshana Luzusky
  • Facilitator: Karen Bridges

Professional Learning

  • Tim Kessler
  • Doug Chritton
  • Theresa McKeown
  • Facilitator: Shoshana Luzusky

Transportation

  • Andrew Clapsaddle
  • Jennifer Boyd
  • Noah Case
  • Facilitator: Peter Pfeffer

Town of WH Impacts

  • Andrew Clapsaddle
  • Sean Passan
  • Noah Case
  • Facilitator: Kathy Deane

Academic Impacts

  • Tim Kessler
  • Jeff Billing
  • Corrine Harrington
  • Amy Steinberg
  • Andy Mayo
  • Meghan Striff-Cave

Athletic Program

  • Karen Tiernan
  • Jennifer O'Connell
  • Jeff Billing
  • Julio Duarte
  • Jennifer Boyd
  • Meghan Striff-Cave
  • Facilitator: Jason Siegal

Lessons Learned: Early Adopters

  • Julio Duarte
  • Sean Passan
  • Christina Fedolphi
  • Corinne Harrington
  • Jennifer O’Connell
  • Facilitator: Theresa McKeown