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Madison Co. surveys parents on proposed schedule change

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The board is considering changing operation schedules to accommodate a staggered bus schedule. The board is considering changing operation schedules to accommodate a staggered bus schedule.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Madison County school leaders want parents' input on alternate start and release times for next school year.

The school board is considering changing the times for some schools to accommodate students who ride the bus. The school system has grown but has not gotten additional funds to buy more buses.

The county said it needs at least ten more buses to keep up with demand, but they would ideally get 20 new ones. Realistically, the superintendent said, the money just isn't there.

Two solutions were proposed to address the issue. One would have elementary school students begin their day earlier. The buses that drop off K-6 graders would then go back on their routes to collect middle and high schoolers. At the end of the day, elementary students would dismiss earlier, and again, the buses would come back to collect the older kids.

"It's driven by safety more than anything else," said Dr. David Copeland, Madison County Schools Superintendent. "We also have a new school coming on next year which needs eight buses, so we just don't have the money to go out and buy eight buses. We've got to be very creative in our thinking."

Obviously, the plan would have a huge inpact on the day-to-day lives of parents in the district, which is why the school system wants feedback.

You can give your feedback on the issue by completing an online survey, which begins accepting responses Friday.

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