2019-20 Bell Schedules Questions and Answers
The chart below illustrates school assignments and their start/end times for the 2019-20 school year. On January 22, 2019, the Governing Board approved a three (3) tiered bell schedule in order to support a cost savings of approximately $700,000.
Frequently asked questions and their answers are identified below. Leadership teams are currently working on Integrated Preschool start/end times, community education program options/costs, and drop-off/pick-up schedules. We encourage families to bookmark this page and check in regularly as information becomes available.
The proposal to move to a three (3) tiered bell schedule was in alignment with annual activities that the District and Governing Board participate as they review and approve budget allocations that are necessary to balance the budget. This year’s budget was approved with a surplus of only $4,609. New initiatives will require the District to find more efficiencies in the budget. Specifically, initiatives in Kyrene’s strategic plan (i.e. social emotional learning, elementary design, and other identified areas) will increase expenditures above current year levels. As such, the District is considering cost savings that can be realized through budget reductions.
The current two (2) tiered bell schedule is not efficient and is costly to operate, as it requires additional bus drivers to transport students. A schedule with multiple tiers is the industry standard used by other school districts and considered best practice because fewer drivers are needed for the required bus routes. By modifying the bell times, it will help alleviate the driver shortage faced by Kyrene as there is a statewide shortage of drivers.
The budget development process is dynamic, and proposals are adapted to be responsive to feedback. For example, the bell schedule survey illustrated both four (4) and six (6) tiers of start/end times. Responding to community feedback, the District proposed a three (3) tier schedule to the Governing Board on January 15. By the end of January, the Governing Board approved three (3) tiers for assignment, and District leaders finalized the start/end times, adjusting the entire schedule by five minutes as feedback was more favorable for earlier end times. In addition, the Transportation Department was asked to determine if a cost neutral option could be created to support opportunity for families to have a Tier 1 and Tier 3 option for Dual Language. By consolidating routes in the Maricopa community, the District was able to do so.
2019-20 Bell Schedule
- A 3-tiered bell schedule will save Kyrene School District approximately $700,000.
- All middle schools are on the same schedule. (8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.)
- Elementary schools would follow two different schedules:
- Schools with the shortest bus routes would start earlier. (7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
- Schools with the longest bus routes would start later. (8:50 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.)
- The elementary school day will be 10 minutes longer than the 2018-19 schedule, matching the middle school day.
- Additional instructional minutes will provide time needed for student support in areas such as intervention or social-emotional learning.
- Additional minutes create parity for elementary and middle school teachers who are all on the same salary schedule.
Tier 1 campuses will be open at 7:10 a.m. Tier 2 campuses will open at 7:40 a.m. Tier 3 campuses will open at 8:30 a.m.