APS seeking public comment on proposed changes next year to school and bus schedules

Atlanta Public Schools is considering changing bus schedules and school hours next year, APS director of Transportation John Lyles told a group this week at a community meeting. He said changes are necessary in the schedules so the system can adapt more readily to unpredictable Atlanta traffic.Without changes, he said the district would have to buy about 50 new buses at a cost of about $100,000 each.

The district is considering changing the start of elementary schools from 8 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., and dismissing at 2:15 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. Middle school start times would move back, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:05 a.m., and dismissal times would move back from 3:45 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. High Schools would start 15 minutes later, at 8:30 a.m., instead of 8:15 a.m., and would dismiss at 3:30 p.m. instead of 3:15 p.m.

The district is scheduling two more School Safety and Transportation focus group sessions next week for public comment. The meetings are at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Carver High School of Technology, 55 McDonough Blvd., S.E., and 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, at Bolton Academy, 2268 Adams Dr. N.W., Atlanta.