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School start times will be re-adjusted at some Hillsborough schools

The Hillsborough school district is tweaking start times, in part to make more efficient use of the buses. An efficiency consultant says this is exactly what they should do. More changes are expected in 2017-18.

The Hillsborough school district is tweaking start times, in part to make more efficient use of the buses. An efficiency consultant says this is exactly what they should do. More changes are expected in 2017-18.

NOTE: This post has been revised from an earlier draft to correct the proposed bell times. 

As Hillsborough school officials continue to consider the recommendations of an efficiency consultant, one cost drainer is already being addressed -- school start times that do not make the most efficient use of buses. The idea is to have each bus serve three routes a day. That's not happening now, and district officials want to move closer to that goal.

A committee is studying the issue, whose resolution could save the district $13.6 million over five years.

In the meantime, this Tuesday School Board officials will consider adjustments to some of the school bell times.

Most affected will be high schools, where critics say students begin their day too early, given their sleep schedules.

Classes at Jefferson High School would start at 7:33 a.m., 13 minutes later than the current start time of 7:20 a.m. Class would dismiss at 3 p.m. instead of the current dismissal time of 2:45 p.m.

Robinson High, which serves both the neighborhood closest to MacDill Air Force Base; and International Baccalaureate students who travel from as far as Plantation and Westchase, would be on the same schedule as Jefferson. So would Middleton High, which now starts class at 7:30 a.m.

At Turner/Bartels K-8 School in New Tampa, the day would shift from it's current 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. to a later 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Changes at other schools, including King and Middleton high schools, amount to under 10 minutes each.

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 6:54pm]

    

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