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District considers schedule change

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The Denton ISD Board of Trustees recently reviewed a proposal to change its current school bell schedule for the 2010-11 school year to reduce transportation costs.

Under the proposed schedule, school would start and end 10 minutes earlier at the elementary schools, 25 minutes later at the middle schools and 30 minutes earlier at the high school level.

Transportation Director Gene Holloway said the move could save the district up to $500,000.

The proposed changes would move the bell schedule to the following times:

– Elementary Schools – 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
– Middle Schools – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– High Schools – 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

The change of bell schedules would allow Denton ISD to decrease the wait time for transportation services by middle and high school students as well as lower its overall cost of maintenance and operations, district officials said.

The board asked the staff to also study some potential programs for middle school students who must arrive earlier in the morning due to their working parent’s schedules.

Under the proposal, the district would deactivate up to 22 non-alternative fuel buses, certifying Denton ISD’s bus fleet at being 97 percent environmentally friendly. The move would also reduce future bus acquisition costs by $2.2 to $2.7 million.

The board asked several questions and will continue to study this proposal.

Parents can contact the board with feedback on the proposed schedule changes at http://www.dentonisd.org/51234713164314/site/default.asp.

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