Implementing uniform schedules across the Houston Independent School District’s 279 campuses would free up $1.2 million while giving the average student an extra 19 minutes in the classroom, according to a budget-cutting option presented to the HISD Board of Education on Feb. 23.
HISD is looking for more ways to reduce spending as the district seeks to address a projected $34 million deficit for the 2012–2013 school year. The loss in revenue is a result of last year’s decision by the Texas Legislature to reduce public education funding by $5.3 billion.
In the coming weeks, HISD will be gathering community input on the streamlined bell schedule option, before making a formal proposal for the Board of Education’s consideration by May 17.
Read the full press release (.pdf) and participate in a short survey about the proposed bell schedule. The survey will be live until Friday, April 13 at midnight.
Proposed Instructional Times (.pdf)