Parents plan for new bell schedules

Following the Board of Education’s vote last week, area middle and elementary schools may see shifts of 15 to 90 minutes in their bell schedules next year.

The change in bell schedules could save the district about $4 million by allowing for more efficient use of buses.

“While the proposed bell schedule establishes the framework for the new bell tiers and a seven-hour day for all elementary schools, it is still subject to change pending further board decisions throughout the budget process,” Executive Director of Transportation Carol Stamper said. “The steps we’re taking in transportation to save money are one part of a complex, interdependent process.”

While the bell schedules are not confirmed, families making decisions about transportation needs for the coming year should use the proposed bell schedule as a guide, Stamper said.

Proposed bell schedules for schools in Mountain Island:

• Bradley Middle: 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
• Long Creek Elementary: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Mountain Island Elementary: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
• Oakdale Elementary: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
• River Oaks Elementary: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
• Whitewater Academy: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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