CCPS Announces New School Bell Schedule for 2012 – 2013 School Year
Release Date: 9/22/2011 11:52:16 AM
Carroll County Public Schools has announced the new bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year, which will begin in August 2012. The schedule and Frequently Asked Questions are posted on the CCPS website at http://www.carrollk12.org/admin/transportation/default.asp.
During the preparation of the FY12 budget, the Superintendent directed staff to review all department functions and explore any areas where efficiencies might be achieved and corresponding fiscal reductions realized. In this way ongoing operating expenses could be reduced without continuing to eliminate essential staff.
The Transportation Services Department re-examined the entire bus routing system for regular education buses and alignment of school start and end times. The results of the study indicate that significant, ongoing operating savings at a minimum of $1.2 million will be attained through a realignment of school start and end times. The savings are a direct result of the ability to eliminate up to 40 buses from the roads by maximizing the use of remaining buses.
The proposed change to the bell schedule for schools was first brought to the Board of Education for discussion at the March 23, 2011 meeting, and discussion continued at every meeting for the next four months. The proposed schedule was publicized in local and regional media and was posted on the school system’s website. There was much public discussion about the plan, and hundreds of emails both supporting the plan opposing it were received. Ultimately, the plan was approved and the Transportation Department spent the summer working with bus contractors to eliminate 40 buses from the fleet.