Schedule changes coming to Pine Tree ISD for 2012/13 school year

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 5:29pm

The starting and ending times for schools in Pine Tree will change beginning in the fall of the 2012-2013 school year.

In making this decision school officials considered several factors including the effects of start times on teenagers, how student tutorial time would be affected, college courses for high school students, extra-curricular activities, and parent and student work schedules.

Because of decreased funding from the state it was also imperative that all areas were analyzed for the purpose of improving efficiency and achieve potential cost savings. By changing start times the district will see a potential cost savings of approximately $80,000.00, which is equivalent to about two teacher salaries.

“Another goal in making this change, is to allow bus routes to be shorter to help students with pickup and drop-off times,” said James Skeeler, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.

“We believe this initiative will be a positive change for the students as well as the district as a whole, but as with any change there will be questions, and concerns may arise,” said Skeeler. “We will work to help this transition occur smoothly, and hope that parents will contact us if they have questions or concerns.”

PTISD 2012 -2013 Start/End Times:
PT Primary (K):
8:25 am – 3:40 pm
PT Elementary (1-2):
8:25 am – 3:40 pm
PT Intermediate (3-4):
8:25 am – 3:40 pm
PT Middle (5-6):
8:35 am – 3:50 pm
PT Junior High (7-8):
7:45 am – 3:05 pm
PT High School (9-12):
7:45 am – 3:00 pm

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