Coulwood Middle to begin classes at 8:15 a.m. next year

CHARLOTTE – Students at Coulwood Middle School will have an extra 15 minutes to sleep in next year, due to changes in the school’s bell schedule.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced last month that it could save $624,000 with bell schedule changes at 10 schools, including Coulwood Middle, which will begin its school day at 8:15 instead of 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m. during the 2012-13 school year.

By using a tiered method of scheduling and routing busses, the district will be able to provide the same level of transportation services with 15 fewer buses, said Carol Stamper, the district’s executive director of transportation. The greatest savings will come from needing fewer bus drivers, she said, with the next largest savings in fuel costs.

“These savings have allowed us to use that money to help cover the costs of teachers, instructional programs and other academic resources,” Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh said. “We recognize that there are non-financial costs that affect our families, who have had to be flexible in family scheduling – and we appreciate our families’ willingness to work with us to strengthen our academic achievement and our budget.”

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