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Proposed School Start Times Would Force Hillsborough Families To Adjust

School days will be 15 minutes longer for elementary students and 20 to 30 minutes shorter for middle and high school students under a schedule change that will go before the Hillsborough County School Board for an April 25 vote.

The district released the proposed bell schedules, along with a long letter to parents that described its focus group process, shortly before Tuesday’s board meeting.

The new schedule establishes one of the goals suggested by Gibson Consulting Group, which is examining the district’s finances: Bus runs would be at least an hour apart, enabling drivers to serve three schools each and saving the district about $2.7 million a year.