CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District has created six new bell time schedule options for districts 4, 9, and 10 following public input.
The district released the schedule options, costs involved and a statement on Tuesday that said the options were based on three community meetings and more than 2,700 responses to an online survey.
"The plans were first presented to the Audit and Finance Committee on Monday, May 4, 2015," read the school district's statement."The committee voted to send the proposals to the CCSD Board of Trustees for consideration at their May 11, 2015 meeting."
According to Acting Superintendent Michael Bobby, these options represent a step in the right direction for addressing a problem that has been put off for years.
"We've known for years that our bell time schedules needed to change. There has to be equity across the district in terms of start times and we're finally making progress on that front," said Bobby. "While there is no magic solution that will get us to where we need to be as fast as we want, the input we have received from the public has been invaluable. It's guided our discussions and helped us prioritize our next steps."
CCSD was tasked with preparing bell time proposals that:
- Do not allow certain middle schools to begin earlier than others
- Move middle school bell times earlier
- Disrupt the fewest number of students
- Implement feedback from the community
- Are cost efficient
- Do not create a divide among middle schools in the same district
The districts proposals and supporting documentation can be found by clicking the "Bell Times" link at ccsdschools.com.