ONSLOW COUNTY -

Synchronizing high school start times will help make bus schedules run more efficiently, save money, and keep children on buses for shorter times, according to Steve Myers, Onslow County Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services.

White Oak, Dixon, and Richlands High School will now have an earlier start time, Myers said.

Myers said the time change will allow schools to better allocate their resources and offer classes via Skype to high school students at the same time.

All high schools will now start at 7:15 a.m. and the early bell will sound at 7a.m., according to Suzie Ulbrich, Onslow County School’s spokeswoman.

During early bell time, school buses typically arrive and students are offered breakfast, Myers said.

However, the high schools' earlier start times also means a time change for nearby middle and elementary schools.

Mother Heather Black is concerned about school starting thirty minutes later for her daughter, who attends Richlands Primary.

“My daughter will have to take the bus now because my husband takes the car. We have one car and now I have to get up a little bit later, which wouldn't be so bad, but she gets off the bus a lot later too," Black said.

Richlands Primary will now start at 8:30 now, rather than 8 a.m., according to officials.

Ulbrich said the new start times are designed to utilize fewer buses and drivers. She said it will eliminate the need for 5 additional buses next year, saving $450,000.

Myers said the new start time will also improve bus pick up schedule. He said no child will be picked up before 6 a.m., and that ride times will be shorter. He said children will no longer be on a bus for more than an hour at a time.

Ulbrich said administrators have been advised to communicate the new schedules to parents. Ulbrich said they are also advising day cares and after school programs.

Adjusted Start Times:

 Dixon Adjustments

  • Dixon High School Current time is 7:55 a.m. ---- early bell will be 7 a.m.
  • Dixon Middle School Current time is 7:30 a.m. ---- early bell will be 8:10 a.m.
  • Dixon Elementary School Current time is 8:15 a.m.  -----early bell will be 8:25 a.m.

Richlands Adjustments

  • Richlands High School Current time is 7:40 a.m. ---- early bell will be 7 a.m.
  • Trexler Middle School Current time 7:30 a.m. ----- early bell will be 7 a.m.
  • Stateside Elementary Current time is 8:45 a.m. ---- early bell will be 8:10 a.m.
  • Richlands Primary School Current time 8 a.m. ---- early bell 8:15 a.m.
  • Richlands Elementary School Current time is 8:15 a.m. --- early bell will be 8:30 a.m.

White Oak Adjustments

  • White Oak High School Current time is 7:13 a.m. --- early bell will be 7 a.m.
  • Hunters Creek Middle Current time is 7:10 a.m. ---- early bell will be 7 a.m.
  • Morton Elementary Current time is 8:15 a.m. --- early bell will be 8:10 a.m.
  • Silverdale Elementary Current time is 8:15 a.m.  --- early bell will be 8:10 a.m.
  • Hunters Creek Elementary Current time is 8:30 a.m. --- early bell will be 8:10 a.m.