Fact Sheet - School Time Changes



Fact Sheet: Transportation & Bell Times

MPS is committed to structurally balancing its revenues and expenses by school year 2019-20. This means taking a hard look at where it can cut back on spending. Some reasons for the budget deficits are complex, but they include:

  • Unfunded or underfunded government mandates such as special education and English Language Learner services
  • Salary and Cost of Living Increases
  • Enrollment declines
  • Levels of transportation service
  • Inflation

The Inefficiency: Current Start Times

  • 29 different start times for 68 schools
  • 21 schools with regular education bussing have start times between 7:30 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
  • Only 6 schools have start times after 9:30 a.m.
  • Imbalance means 78 extra buses needed for rush hour but not later in the morning
  • To balance this more schools need to shift closer to 9:30 a.m. tier
  • Getting multiple, extended runs from one bus is where cost savings come
  • Fewer buses on longer shifts means less fuel and maintenance, less driver turnover and a more stable driver workforce. More consistent drivers forge better relationships with students and results in safer buses

Transportation Savings

  • $2M savings for proposed bell time changes effective FY2018-19; see next page for the list of proposed new bell times
  • The goal is to keep changes in start/end  times to no more than one hour
  • 4 out of 20 schools have a 70-minute change
  • Input gathered from:
    • District Parent Advisory Council
    • Special Education Advisory Council
    • Bell Time Committee (department leaders; school principals)

Did you know?

  • 70% of MPS’ 35,717 students receive district transportation.
  • More than 380 buses are needed to transport students.
  • There are 180 bus routes with over 3,680 runs; a bus “run” is between a home stop and school while a “route” is a compilation of runs.
  • Annually, over 6 million miles are traveled to/from school and activities.
  • The median annual transportation cost by school is $494,000.
  • The transportation cost per student is:
    • $998 for regular education
    • $4,255 for special education
    • $3,310 for homeless/highly mobile

Budget Timeline 2018

The proposed start/end time changes will be voted on by the Board of Education as part of its overall budget approval process. The timeline for adopting the 2018-19 budget is below: 

  • Jan. 25: Board of Education Finance Committee presented with bell times recommendations
  • Feb. 13: Board of Education hears update an overall FY2018-19 budget recommendation
  • April/May 2018: Board of Education reviews update of FY2018-19  budget
  • June 2018: Board votes on final FY2018-19 budget

Proposed New School Start/End Times for the 2018-2019 School Year

These bell times were approved by the Board of Education on June 12, 2018. They take effect with the 2018-2019 school year. 

The chart below outlines the proposed changes to 20 school start and end times (bell times). A PDF version of this list is also provided along with an FAQ on why these changes to bell times are being proposed.

SCHOOL CURRENT PROPOSED (Note: Approved by Board on June 12)  
  Start End Start End *Minneapolis Kids Site?
Anishinabe 8:05 am 2:35pm 8:40 am 3:10 pm No
Anthony 8:30 am 3:50 pm 9:30am 4:00 pm No
Anwatin 8:50 am 3:45 pm 9:30am 4:00 pm No
Bancroft 7:30 am 2:00 pm 8:40 am 3:10 pm YES
Barton 7:30 am 2:00 pm 8:40 am 3:10 pm YES
Bethune 8:40 am 3:10 pm 9:10 am 3:40 pm No
Bryn Mawr 7:30 am 2:00 pm 8:40 am 3:10 pm YES
Franklin 8:30 am 3:45 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm No
Jefferson 9:40 am 4:10 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm No
Jenny Lind 8:35 am 3:05 pm 7:30 am 2:00 pm No
Justice Page 8:50 am 3:45 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm YES
Kenwood 7:30 am 2:00 pm 8:05 am 2:35 pm YES
Northeast 8:30 am 3:45 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm No
Olson 8:45 am 3:45 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm No
Pratt 9:40 am 4:10 pm 9:10 am 3:40 pm YES
Sanford 8:45 am 3:45 pm 9:30 am 4:00 pm No
Sullivan 8:05 am 2:35pm 8:40 am 3:10 pm No
Transition Plus 9:00 am 3:20 pm 9:40 am 4:10 pm No
Wenonah 9:30 am 4:00 pm 9:35 am 4:05 pm YES
Wilder Metro 8:00 am 2:30 pm 9:10 am 3:40 pm No

*Minneapolis Kids offers elementary before and after school care at certain school locations. Some locations offer just morning or afternoon care, or both. The sites listed above are subject to change. Please check their website for more details.