Some Wake schools could start class later

Posted March 19, 2010

Budget cuts could prompt Wake County school board members to change the start time for most of the district's elementary schools, beginning with the new school year.

Wake County Public School System spokesman Michael Evans said the recommendation is an item for the Board of Education to discuss as part of its approval of schools' proposed bell schedules.

School schedules for 71 of the system's 104 elementary schools would run 25 minutes later, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing buses to accommodate about 2,000 additional bus students and bus riders at four new schools.

The school system runs buses at different times to allow buses to run up to three routes in both the mornings and afternoons. Currently, schools are scheduled to open between 7:25 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

Classes could start later in Wake County Classes could start later in Wake County

"We understand it is going to be an inconvenience," Evans said.

Parents like Julie Kopetsky are concerned about the changes and how they would affect parents who work.

“It is pretty major,” Kopetsky said. Her children attend Baileywick Road Elementary School in Raleigh.

Amy Nagle, a mother of four, said the changes would also affect her ability to coordinate her children attending different schools.

“They need consistency, especially start times, finish times,” Nagle said.

The three-tier system saves the school system more than $2.5 million and eliminates the need of 24 more buses and drivers, Evans said.

The school system's $1.2 billion operating budget for 2010-11 cuts about $20 million from the central services budget, which includes transportation funding.

Among other cuts are $7 million in facilities services, $2.5 million in technology services and $1.1 million in instructional services.

"There is a lot of pressure to do more with less," Evans said.


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  • SME2 Mar 19, 2010

    *clap clap clap* congratulating all the anti-busing folks for voting in these WONDERFUL people who care so much about your children! Take a bow!

  • seankelly15 Mar 19, 2010

    While the Wake BOE segregates schools and pushes for the dissolution of the district, the children that they claimed they were helping bear the weight of budget shortfalls. Good Job!

  • samiam1244 Mar 19, 2010

    Where has all the Lottery Money going that was supposed to be for Education.. I think Attorney General Roy Cooper should start a big Investigation.. Education should be a priority . the children are our future..

  • liskm Mar 19, 2010

    Tis what it is there, glad I'm not there. Children nor pets.

  • themerrywriter Mar 19, 2010

    If you are concerned about the proposed start time, email or call your school board representative to let them know -- sent my email this morning and hope you all do the same...

    Contact Information:

    District 1 (Northeast Wake), Mr. Chris Malone,

    District 8 (Southern Wake), Mr. Ron Margiotta, Chair,

    District 9 (Western Wake), Ms. Debra Goldman, Vice Chair, District 2 (Southeast Wake), Mr. John Tedesco, District 3 ( North Raleigh ), Mr. Kevin L. Hill, District 4 ( East Raleigh ), Mr. Keith Sutton, District 5 (South Central Raleigh ), Dr. Anne McLaurin, District 6 ( Central Raleigh ), Dr. Carolyn Morrison, District 7 (West Raleigh/Morrisville), Ms. Deborah (they flagged her last name...go figure) Robert Snidemiller, Jr., Senior Director of Transportation-Operations & Finance,

  • james27613 Mar 19, 2010

    We're not living in 1965 anymore, it is 2010 and the population has increased but roads have not been built to avoid congestion.

    They opened Sycamore Creek elementary and wanted to cancel the bus route serving Harrington Grove.

    Guess what, no sidewalks once you leave our subdivision so kids would have to walk on side of the road with no shoulder.
    An accident waiting to happen given the RTP traffic along with car pool vehicles for SCE and St. Francis school.

    The county was to expand to four lanes Leesville Rd but never got around to it and used the funds for other projects.

  • luv2surffish2 Mar 19, 2010

    i dont know what wake is thinking.. but their heads are not on their shoulders... mY granddaughters start at 9 now... get home at 4:20. HOW MUCH LATER CAN THEY GO??? high schools start at 720...cut education... then complain why nc has such low scores.. look at who you folks elect.. all mine got beat. so hows that change working for you now folks??? huh

  • shortcake53 Mar 19, 2010

    Time4real, its time YOU got real. Parents cant pick and choose what time to go or get out of work. Being a responsible parent has nothing to do with it. Of course, I guess these parents could quit work and go on welfare instead so they are home when school gets out, but then that would just give you more to gripe about.

  • time4real Mar 19, 2010

    "Now,kids will have to stay longer at before/after school care."

    WHEN will parents be responisble for their own children?

  • shortcake53 Mar 19, 2010

    If they push back release time that puts a lot of kids in rush hour traffic, real smart. It also ruins kids after school activities and gives them less time to unwind at home before having to start homework, have dinner, then get to bed to start all over the next day. Exactly WHO thought this was a good idea???