Students who attend Rockford Public Schools will see their start and dismissal times change next year.
The School Board voted last night to change the times by 10 to 15 minutes for most schools, saying the adjustment will shorten the time students are on the bus.
Traditional high schools will start at 8:15 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.
Middle schools will start at 9 a.m. instead of 8:45 a.m.
Most elementary schools will start 10 minutes earlier, at 7:35 a.m.
The District says it is experiencing a shortage of bus drivers and they are hoping the change will help recruit more applicants.
“We want to make being a bus driver a little more attractive, to recruit and fill, because the hours would be longer and their pay, and thing like that, so that’s why it happened,” said Rockford School Board President Ken Scrivano.
With the time changes, drivers will pick up students in three shifts for the three grade level, instead of just two as they are now.