On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered recommendations to change the bell schedule for the following schools: Apex High, Apex Elementary, North Forest Pines Elementary, Heritage Elementary and Wake Forest Middle. These changes were discussed at length as board members debated how to balance family and academic needs.

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On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered a recommendation to change the bell schedule for Apex High. The proposed schedule: 7:10 a.m. to 2:03 p.m. 

The school will relocate to swing space during the renovation of their main campus. The swing space is located about seven miles northwest of the current campus. Most students live east of the current campus. This creates down time with empty buses that must be accounted for. The current bus schedule drops students off early, so that mitigates the effect of bus pickup times, but it directly affects carpool riders. This change will ensure that middle school students who use the same buses during the next bus run will get to school on time. 

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On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered a recommendation to change the bell schedule for Apex Elementary. The proposed schedule: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This is being proposed because the opening of nearby Apex Friendship Middle requires more Wake County buses to transport students in the Apex area. In addition, Apex High School will be relocated to a new location while their school undergoes renovations. These changes will require shifts in the bus schedule. The proposal will change Apex Elementary to the "third tier" of buses, which means they will share buses with two other schools, but operate on the third shift. The "third tier" is the standard tier for elementary schools in Wake County. If we left Apex Elementary in the second tier, it would create late buses for Apex Elementary and other schools in the Apex area.

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On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered a recommendation to change the bell schedule for Forest Pines Elementary. The proposed schedule: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This allows us to use the same buses for both schools, saving 6 buses that can be used for the North Wake Academy. An engineering firm was hired to investigate concerns about carpool and traffic congestion. The report said current roads can handle the traffic flow. Our school will be required to run dual or “double stack” carpool lanes.

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On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered a recommendation to change the bell schedule for Heritage Elementary. The proposed schedule: 8:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Heritage Elementary and Heritage Middle share buses. This 15-minute later start gives the elementary buses more time to get to the campus. This addresses current issues with late arrivals at the elementary school. It also reduces the amount of time students who sit on the bus in the afternoon waiting for the middle school to release. 

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On Tuesday, March 7, the Wake Board of Education considered a recommendation to change the bell schedule for Wake Forest Middle. The proposed schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. 

This returns our school to where it was a few years ago and creates some flexibility in the Wake Forest area in concert with the moves at Heritage Elementary and Heritage Middle. It will ensure that students in the Wake Forest area get to school in time. 

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