New Start Times for Clayton Schools Dropped
Posted August 16, 2007 5:22 p.m. EDT
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County officials on Thursday rescinded a plan adopted this week that would have staggered the bell schedules at Clayton schools to save money on buses.
Despite protests from parents, the school board adopted the plan to have each bus make three routes instead of two, claiming that the savings of nearly $1 million was needed to fill the gap between the money they requested from county commissioners and the allotment they were given.
After a meeting between the chairmen of both boards, commissioners agreed Thursday to repay the district for the cost of buying more buses.
For most schools, the new system would have mean about a 15 minute shift in the start and end times of schools. But parents said they hadn't been given enough notice to rearrange work schedules and find affordable day-care options.