New bell times approved in Chatham County schools

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Times are changing. With school budgets getting slimmer every year, Chatham County's school board has a unique way to save money.

Board members met Wednesday to approve new bell times, mainly for the county's high schools. Classes will start 20 to 25 minutes earlier, allowing school buses to pick up the older students then turn around and pick up the younger ones for elementary school. It's making the routes more efficient; saving time and money.

"This, we hope, will save over $600,000, and we planned for those savings in our FY11 budget. And we hope that this is the plan that will realize that, and there will be even more savings," said SCCPSS operations officer, Otis Brock.

Elementary schoolers shouldn't see any changes. Regular bell times will remain between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Classes start back in Chatham County on Aug. 30.

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