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Pasco Tribune

Nine schools may alter their hours

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LAND O' LAKES - Students at nine Pasco County schools could see a change in their morning routines this coming school year.

The school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on proposed changes to start and dismissal times for three elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools and three education centers.

In each case, the schools would start and end their days anywhere from roughly 30 minutes to an hour later than was previously the case.

The schools affected and their new times are: Fivay High School, 8:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.; Schwettman Education Center, 8:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; Irvin Education Center, 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; Moore-Mickens Education Center, 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.; Bayonet Point Middle School, 7:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.; New River Elementary, 9:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; West Zephyrhills Elementary, 9:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Deer Park Elementary, 9:40 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; and Ridgewood High, 8:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday also would experience a slight adjustment, but that involves starting and ending the day just two minutes earlier.

The proposed time changes are part of a cost-saving effort at the school district, which has been dealing with a revenue shortfall at it prepares the 2013-14 budget.

District officials say the time changes would allow the transportation department to consolidate bus routes and eliminate 30 or more bus-driver jobs. The savings is expected to be at least $803,584.

The board briefly discussed the plans at a July 2 budget workshop. Linda Cobbe, the district's communications director, used an automated phone message to inform parents at the affected schools of the proposed changes.

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