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School Board approves bus schedule, budget

Published 12:36pm Friday, March 22, 2013

The School Board approved a staggered bus schedule for district schools at a meeting Thursday night, setting new bell times from the next instructional year. It also approved the 2013-2014 Budget, which is now in the hands of city officials.

Under the new schedule, Elephant’s Fork, Kilby Shores, Northern Shores, Booker T. Washington and Southwestern elementary schools will start a half-hour earlier, and the other elementary schools 15 minutes later. Middle schools will start 15 minutes earlier and high schools 50 minutes later.

According to a presentation during the meeting, the approved schedule was supported by about one in three of those who commented on the three proposals put forth and the current schedule, as opposed to about one in five who supported the next most popular alternative.

The new schedule is anticipated to save about $400,000 annually, mostly through reducing the number of contracted drivers to 145 positions.

The spending plan board members approved for the next instructional year asks the city for an extra $9 million, and incorporates a cost-of-living raise for all educators and an extra bump for those in their seventh, eighth and ninth years with the district.

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