As part of its approval Monday of the 21st Century Handbook Enhancement Initiative, the Kokomo-Center Board of School Trustees also approved revised 2012-2013 start and dismissal times for the expanding programs at the corporation buildings.

According to Assistant Superintendent Pennye Siefert, the goal of the handbook enhancement initiative is to provide student handbook information in a manner that “advances district goals and offers parents and students easy access to school information through online technology.”

“On-line handbooks both model and support Kokomo-Center’s commitment to 1-to-1 technology,” Mrs. Siefert added. “Printed copies will be made available for families without web access.”

This school year, all students at Bon Air Elementary and Pettit Park Elementary will have access to computing devices during the school day, as these schools become 1-to-1 technology buildings. In addition, all 9th-grade students at Kokomo High School also will have access to computing devices during the school day.

The Kokomo High School campus, which includes the Kokomo Area Career Center, begins and dismisses school 10 minutes earlier as the student day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 2:20 pm. The alternative programs at McKinley and Lincoln schools also begins and dismisses 10 minutes earlier with a start time of 7:50 am and a dismissal time of 2:10 pm.

Middle school students at Maple Crest and Central also start and dismiss 10 minutes earlier with a start time of 8:10 am and a release time of 3 pm.

Head Start full-day students at the Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center begin their day at 8:10 am and are dismissed at 3:10 pm. The AM Head Start session is from 8:10 to 11:40 am, while the PM session runs from 11:40 am to 3:10 pm.

Because of additional time incorporated into their daily schedules for piano and violin lessons, the elementary students at the Wallace School of Integrated Arts begin their day at 8:05 am and are dismissed at 3:45 pm.

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Elementary students at Sycamore Elementary, which will house the KEY (Gifted and Talented) with International Studies and the International programs, start their day at 9:05 am and are dismissed at 3:45 pm.

Elementary students at the Lafayette Park International School begin their day at 9:10 am and are dismissed at 3:55 pm.

The Traditional elementary schools at Bon Air, Boulevard, Elwood Haynes, and Pettit Park will continue with the same time schedule with a start time of 8:55 am and a dismissal time of 3:35 pm.

Kokomo-Center Director of Operations Mike Wade and Transportation Supervisor Larry Johnson believe this revised schedule will help them deliver students to school, and home, in a more timely manner.

“The adjustments to the start and end times will allow Mr. (Larry) Johnson and his Transportation Department additional time to efficiently transport our students,” Mr. Wade explained. “The numerous curricular options and programs being offered to students and parents by our district will be supported by these alterations.”

Mr. Johnson agreed that the adjusted times work in favor of students being transported. “The Transportation Department places a great deal of emphasis on safety, “ the Transportation Supervisor said. “These adjustments allow us to continue providing quality transportation services for our students, while they also allow us to be more efficient.”

The full-day session for the Elwood Haynes Community Preschool begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm, while the morning session is from 8:30 to 11:30 am and the afternoon session is from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Transportation is not provided for the Elwood Haynes Community Preschool.