The Chatham County Board of Education is exploring new bell schedules for next school year, but after two failed votes, the BOE did not approve any changes to the school bell schedule for next year.
The board looked at two separate changes: One change would affect most K-8 and elementary schools in the district, and the second change would only be for a select number of schools for a trial run study.
The district was looking to make permanent schedule changes across the district to improve transportation efficiencies and potentially save money.
The first proposal would have left high schools unchanged, keeping their school day at 7:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Middle schools would have experienced a five minute change, going from 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Kindergarten through eighth grade schools would have been the same as middle schools. Elementary schools would have all started at 8:45 a.m. and go until 3:30 p.m.
The next proposal would have been a pilot program or study that would have only affected 11 select schools in the district to see if the schedule changes would help academic achievement.
The select high schools would have gone from 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m., select middle schools would have gone from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and select elementary schools would have gone from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. or from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The two proposals would have had high school students starting later in the morning and younger students would have started earlier, which is based on studies that suggest younger children learn more effectively earlier in the day.
Copyright 2014 WTOC. All rights reserved.