BROOKSVILLE — Time is running out for the Hernando school district to make a decision on new bell times for the coming school year.
The School Board has agreed that adjusting start times to save money by cutting the number of buses on the road is worthwhile. But the board has not exactly reached a consensus on a new schedule. At least two board members have said they won't support a plan that drastically moves up elementary school times, forcing the younger students to stand at bus stops in the dark.
Superintendent Bryan Blavatt and transportation director Linda Smith recently presented an option that groups schools according to geography, allowing for double and even triple bus runs in some cases.
Five elementary or K-8 schools would start 40 to 55 minutes earlier: Deltona, Explorer, Spring Hill, Suncoast and Westside. Six elementary schools would start up to 30 minutes later: Brooksville, Chocachatti, Eastside, Floyd, Moton and Pine Grove.
Challenger K-8 and Parrott, Fox Chapel and Powell middle schools would see slight changes to start times, ranging from five minutes earlier to 25 minutes later. West Hernando would see the biggest change, starting 85 minutes later.
Central and Springstead high schools would start a few minutes earlier. Hernando and Nature Cost Technical high schools wouldn't change start times. The first bell at Weeki Wachee High, in its first year, would ring at 9:15 a.m.
The plan, which Blavatt says has near universal support of school principals, would cut an estimated 15 buses for a savings of about $750,000.
The plan is up for a vote at the School Board's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at district headquarters, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville.
Here's the proposal:
|School||First bell (a.m.)||Dismissal bell (p.m.)|
|Middle and K-8|
|Weeki Wachee (first year)||9:15||3:52|
|STAR Education Center||7:50||2:30|