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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Revised Bell Schedules for Schools Affected by the 2017-2018 Extended Reading Time (ERT) School List
Approve opening/closing times for 37 schools affected by the 2017-2018 ERT school list.

ERT Bell Times:
  • All ERT schools will begin their academic day (Monday-Friday) at 7:45 a.m.
  • Monday dismissal for K-3 ERT schools will be 1:15 p.m.
  • Monday dismissal for 4th-5th grade ERT schools will be 3:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Friday dismissal for all grades will be 2:25 p.m.
This schedule will require 165 high school routes to drop students off at school at 6:30 a.m.  The 2:25 p.m. ERT dismissal time will shorten the 45 minutes between elementary and high schools to 35 minutes.  Schools that are no longer ERT sites will be reset back to their prior bell time category.

The Transportation Department has prepared 878 school bus routes to begin the 2017-2018 school year.  All runs and routes are subject to change based on student enrollment needs.
All Strategic Objectives • Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Engage and communicate with families and stakeholders • Continuously improve processes and systems • Demonstrate "best practices" in all aspects of safety: student, employee, visitor, facility, transportation, and health
Funding for the ERT program comes from two Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) sources.  This includes the Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) Categorical and the Reading Instruction Categorical.  Preliminary expenditure estimates total $9.2 million.  $8.7 million will cover the instructional and instructional support expenses at the 37 named elementary schools and $500,000 will be used for the extra transportation costs needed to cover the routes.
Christopher Farkas   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Operating Officer
(813) 272-4004
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 7.08
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170801_817 (Board Meeting followed by Public Hearing) * Section C Item# 7.08