A group of about 20 people is being asked to do the heavy lifting when it comes to reform in Dublin City Schools.

A group of about 20 people is being asked to do the heavy lifting when it comes to reform in Dublin City Schools.

The School Reform Task Force met for the first time earlier this month to look into possible changes to the length of the school day and year, professional development days and transportation, and reforms that could result from the state budget.

"There were two driving forces of putting this committee together," Superintendent David Axner said. "No. 1 is trying to be more efficient and two is professional development during the school day."

The district recently changed four late start days for professional development to two professional development days during which the students will be off.

"Ideally, we hope that some way professional development can be embedded in the school day rather than keep students home or having them come in late," Axner said.

In addition to trying to be more efficient and examine professional development, it also was a good time to address other subjects, he said.

"We thought this was the perfect time to look at those two issues along with looking at the entire structure of the school day," he said. "We'll also evaluate the bus routes to see if we're utilizing the transportation system as proficiently as we can. Right now we have three routes per day and if you throw in half-day kindergarten and all the non-public school routes, that's pretty massive.

"Normally, it's so busy you rarely take a step back to see if we can do better."

The task force includes about 20 people.

"We did ask for volunteers and some staff members e-mailed and asked for a spot on the committee," Axner said. "We have different grade levels represented, parents (and) classified and certified staff (on the committee)."

The first meeting for the task force was June 11. Axner said meetings will pick up once the school year begins.

"Right now due to summer, (meetings) will be spread out," he said. "As we get to the school year, meetings will get closer. Right now we have to educate the committee of standards, union contracts. We have to get (the committee) an educational base before we make changes."

But once the committee be-comes educated on matters, decisions should come quickly, Axner said.

"Our goal is to have recommendations to the board of education in the fall, if we're successful," he said. "With the goal we can see possible changes as soon as the 2010-11 school year, but we're not in a hurry."