D7 Board approves elementary school new start times

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Students at District 7’s three elementary schools will have adjusted start and finish times when classes resume this fall.

Approved at the board of education meeting on Aug. 5, students at Pardee will be in school from 8:05 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., Polk from 8:20 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. and Bedford from 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Beginning this school year, there will be assigned grade levels in each school, with Bedford teaching pre-kindergarten through first grade, Polk will have second and third and Pardee will have fourth and fifth.

The new schedule comes as the district is making the final adjustments to adopt the changes recommended by their Elementary Building Reconfiguration Advisory Committee. The board voted and approved making the recommended changes in March, which called for the district to close and repurpose Madison Elementary School and reconfigure the remaining three schools into leveled buildings.

The reconfiguration committee was made up of school board members, teachers principals, secretaries and community members.

All of the changes are expected to save the district about $725,000. It currently has a $1.4 million deficit.

At the Aug. 5 meeting, the board also reminded parents that only K-5 students who are registered at the district office for transportation will be able to ride the district’s school buses. Students living near Madison Elementary will walk to Pardee for bus pickup and drop-off while all other registered students will walk to their registered schools for pickup and drop-off.

Registration for bus transportation is open until Aug. 20.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)