Lake County schools could face changes in start time, bus schedule

Board deciding on new start times for all schools, no buses for high-schoolers

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Some big changes could be coming to Lake County schools this fall.

Board members will decide on Monday night if school will begin and end about an hour and a half earlier, as well as whether 4,300 high-schoolers will be able to continue riding school buses.

If the board decides to implement the start-time changes, middle-schoolers will start class at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. They would share buses with high-schoolers, who would start class 10 minutes earlier than they do now. Elementary school students will start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

Kristine Baker, a mother of three young children, said she doesn't mind.

"That time makes it a little easier for me to get all of them to school at the same time," she said.

Officials also said the county could save an additional $648,000 by eliminating courtesy busing for 4,300 students who live within two miles of a school.

Tod Howard, a Lake County school board member, said the board is left with no other options.

"Do you cut the classroom resources, or do you cut some of the busing?" Howard said. "That's the only way we could make the budget work for this year."

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