It looks like it will be another two weeks before the Wake County school board decides on bell schedules for this fall.
Board members were told today that it would cost $748,000 to hire 25 new school bus drivers to avoid operating most elementary schools from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this fall. The board directed the finance committee to see next week if there's a way to come up with the money.
All the board members agreed that starting elementary school so late was a hardship on families, requiring many to get preschool care. But finding a way to not start school so late led to a lengthy discussion with no resolution.
If the board comes up with the $748,000, it would allow Wake to operate all the schools on the 2008-09 bell schedule that was in place before the changes were made this year for the Wednesday early dismissals.
That money would also make it possible to flip high schools to the third tier and elementary schools to the first tier.