Thursday, July 24, 2014

Private School 'Designated' Routes Eliminated in Budget Cuts

St. Peter’s School Rolls with Bus Schedule Changes
Maryland Independent
by Gretchen Phillips Staff writer
July 23, 2014
For the first time since it opened its doors 58 years ago, St. Peter’s Catholic School in Waldorf will change its start and end times. The school also will no longer use Charles County Public Schools’ buses, school administrators said.

Beginning on the first day of school Aug. 25, St. Peter’s will start classes at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m., creating a seven-hour school day.

This is a change from the six-and-a-half-hour school day that formerly ran from 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Eliminating school buses and changing the times for school came about last month when cuts in the public schools’ budget eliminated dedicated routes for private schools.

Charles County Public Schools still is offering transportation for the private schools, which along with St. Peter’s include Archbishop Neale School in La Plata and St. Mary’s School in Bryantown. However, the schools now will share buses with public school children, and due to the route sharing, St. Peter’s would have had to adjust its start time to 7:30 a.m.

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