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Brunswick Schools could save half million with staggered bells

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, Dr. Edward Pruden, says the school system could save as much as $550,000 by staggering the bell schedule for schools.

It's a move already taking place in New Hanover and Pender County Schools.

Dr. Pruden is meeting with his Advisory Council this week and cost reductions are on the list of topics.  With Governor Bev Perdue and the General Assembly both proposing cuts to transportation, Pruden says a staggered opening to the school day could save the equivalent of ten teaching positions.

Dr. Pruden is recommending elementary school run from 7:35 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., middle schools run from 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and high schools run from 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. 

Dr. Pruden is also sharing information with parents that suggests adolescents operate on a later sleep cycle than younger children and adults.  

The Parent Advisory Council meets again Tuesday.

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