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March 17, 2014

Wake County to delay approving new school bell schedules

Wake County school administrators want more time to review the impact of the state’s reconstruction of the Beltline before recommending school bell schedules for the 2014-15 school year.

Wake County families will probably have to wait at least a few more weeks to find out the times students will start and end the school day this fall.

Wake school administrators will ask the school board on Tuesday, March 18, to waive the policy that requires the school day for students be set by April 1 prior to the beginning of each school year. Administrators want extra time on setting the bell schedules to determine if the state’s reconstruction of the Beltline will require changes in school start and dismissal times.

Dubbed Crawleigh by some and FORTIFY by the state Department of Transportation, the project will have a major impact on traffic when works shifts at the end of the year to the busy eight-mile I-40 Beltline section across South Raleigh,

School officials say they anticipate bringing the proposed bell schedules to the board’s April 8 meeting. Historically,Wake doesn’t adopt the bell schedules the same day they’re presented to the public. The vote generally take place two weeks later at the next board meeting to allow time for public notice and comment.

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