Superintendent’s Recommendation about Changing Bell Times

Superintendent’s Recommendation (June 10, 2014)

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr is recommending that Montgomery County Public Schools not move forward with proposed changes to school starting and ending times, citing implementation costs of at least $21.6 million per year and mixed feedback from the community. On June 10, 2014, Dr. Starr released a report that includes a summary of extensive public input from thousands of community members and an analysis of transportation, utility, and staff costs for the proposal. While Dr. Starr is recommending the district not move forward with bell time changes at this time, he left open the possibility of revisiting the issue in the future.

Superintendent’s Initial Bell Times Recommendation (October 1, 2013)

Press Release 

Summary of the Bell Times Work Group Report(English)Adobe PDF icon square 
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The Recommendation

Dr. Starr is recommending that input be gathered on the following changes:

  • Move high school start times 50 minutes later from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (school ending at 3 p.m.)
  • Move middle school start times 10 minutes earlier, from 7:55 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (school ending at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Keep elementary school start times as they currently are (8:50 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.), but extend the school day by 30 minutes (school ending at 3:35 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

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Opportunities for Public Input

Community Forums

Montgomery County Public Schools held four community forums allowing attendees to voice their views on the recommended changes to Bell Times.


Provide Your Input—Participate in a Neighbor to Neighbor Discussion about Bell Times

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Gather with your friends and neighbors to discuss Dr. Starr’s recommendation and send us your feedback. Visit the website 

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Summary of Work Group

Meeting Updates

Summaries of meetings to be posted soon. 

Meeting Summaries Powerpoint Slideshow


Workgroup Resources: Articles

Articles made available at the 2/28/2013 

Resource Documents

Workgroup Resources: Other Documents

Previous Reports-Studies

Workgroup Resources: Previous Reports/Studies