The Wake County school system is looking for public feedback on the proposed bell schedule changes for the 2013-14 school year.
During Tuesday's school board meeting, Bob Snidemiller, senior director of transportation, said they left 91 percent of schools unchanged to provide consistency. He said they're proposing changes at 15 schools to promote transportation efficiency.
Snidemiller said most of the changes were minor and designed to simply get buses to school on time.
Snidemiller focused his presentation on the five schools whose schedules would shift by 30 or more minutes.
Apex Elementary would shift from a 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. schedule to a 8:30 a.m. to a 3 p.m. schedule. Snidemiller said the school's principal "loves" the change.
David Drive Middle would move from a 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. schedule to a 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. time. Snidemiller said the principal supports the change.
Green Elementary would go from an 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule to a 7:40 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. time. Snidemiller said that's being done so that students from Green and Carroll Middle, which would be its feeder school, can ride together.
Lufkin Road Middle would move from an 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule to a 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. time.
Snidemiller said Lufkin's principal is okay with the change but raised concerns about how it could impact families who also have kids at Apex High, which would be on the same tier. Snidemiller said that's something that happens at other schools too.
Vandora Springs Elementary would go from a 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. schedule to an 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift. Snidemiller said the principal is "very happy" with the change.
Board member Christine Kushner asked why Southeast Raleigh High's schedule is being shifted 10 minutes earlier to start at 7:25 a.m.
Staff explained that as part of the magnet school realignment, they now will have Moore Square Middle students riding with Enloe High instead of with Southeast Raleigh. This means Moore Square will start and end five minutes earlier and Enloe will end five minutes later while keeping the same start time.
This means the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women's Leaedrship Academy will no longer be partnered with Enloe for bus service. They'll be matched up instead with Southeast Raleigh High.