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IPS school board approves changes to school start times for 2017-2018 academic year

Posted: 2:43 PM, Jan 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-28 10:43:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS – The IPS school board approved a three-tier transportation model Thursday that will change schools’ start times for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Tier one will move six high schools, three middle schools and three elementary schools to a start time of 7:20 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m. These students will be released at 2:20 p.m.

The second tier will change the start times of 13 elementary schools to begin at 8:15 a.m. instead of 9:05 a.m. They include:

  • George Fisher
  • Raymond F. Brandes
  • Charles Warren Fairbanks
  • Clarence Farrington
  • James Garfield
  • Robert Lee Frost
  • Meredith Nicholson
  • Floro Torrence
  • Daniel Webster
  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Carl Wilde
  • Washington Irving
  • Ernie Pyle

Tier three will include one high school, 37 elementary schools and choice programs that previously started at 9:05 a.m. They will begin at 8:15 a.m.

The school board found a variety of benefits to changing start times including the opportunity to use 30 fewer buses, the potential to save $2 million annually, reduce the amount of doubled routes, and increase extra-curricular transportation opportunities, among others.

The district plans to create a task force to help high schools transition. This includes meeting with students, parents, athletics, employers, IndyGo and public safety departments to provide solutions to any potential issues.

The three-tier transportation model will be discussed during the March, July, September and October board meetings. Nine public meetings will take place throughout the year.

You can see a list of all schools in each tier here.