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Hillsborough board to vote on new school start times

TAMPA — The big issue at today's Hillsborough County School Board meeting will be the 2018-19 bell schedule. To save money and get students to school on time, superintendent Jeff Eakins has proposed an earlier start for elementary schools (7:40 a.m.) and a later start for high schools (8:30 a.m.).

The new schedule would space the bus runs almost an hour apart. Earlier plans to eliminate courtesy busing for elementary students within two miles of their homes have been put on hold, as families would need to adjust to the new 7:40 a.m. start time.

The meeting, which begins at 3 p.m., will be the first time board members get together since last week's discord at a training session in Temple Terrace.

Board members April Griffin and Tamara Shamburger, apparently not aware a reporter was in the room, got into a heated argument early in the session about topics that included Griffin's prior endorsement of Shamburger's political rival.

Later in the day, there was a tense exchange between chairwoman Cindy Stuart and member Susan Valdes.

Griffin and Shamburger later posted messages on social media saying they felt the day had been productive, as they were able to work on their relationship.

But criticism in the community continued for days.

The Times' will live-tweet.


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