The school day for students in Dublin City Schools will change again in the fall.

The school day for students in Dublin City Schools will change again in the fall.

The district last week unveiled plans to tweak the start-stop times of the school day after pushing times back for this school year by about 30 minutes last fall.

The School Reform Task Force recommended pushing the high school start time back from 7:30 a.m. by 45 minutes, with the goal of giving students more sleep and improving academic performance. Safety also was a goal, as some studies found by the task force reported the later high schools started, the lower the chance of car accidents.

For the 2011-12 school year, the stop-start times at the high schools were changed to 8 a.m.-2:54 p.m. from 7:25 a.m.-2:25 p.m.

At the middle school, the day was moved to 8:43 a.m.-3:23 p.m. from 8:15 a.m.-2:55 p.m. The elementary school day was adjusted to 9:28 a.m.-3:58 p.m. from 9:05 a.m.-3:35 p.m.

During a Feb. 13 meeting of the Dublin school board, Superintendent David Axner said a recent survey given to parents and high school students found high approval for the new times for high school and middle school students.

But about 80 percent of 1,700 elementary school parents who took the survey did not favor the later start time, according to Axner, instead supporting earlier start-stop times for the elementary schools.

In an effort to cut $7.1 million from the budget over the next two years, the district is increasing group bus stops at the high school level, which will reduce the time needed to pick up and drop off students.

According to Axner, consolidating bus routes would enable the district to move up start times.

Proposed new start-stop times are 7:55 a.m.-2:42 p.m. for high schools, 8:28 a.m.-3:08 p.m. for middle schools and 9:10 a.m.-3:40 p.m. for elementary schools.

"We were able to maintain later start times at the middle and high school levels while bringing the elementary back to about where it was in 2010-11," Axner said.

The surveys that helped bring about the proposed change were part of the School Reform Task Force recommendation. Axner said if there hadn't been large support from the high and middle school levels, the district would have gone back to 2010-11 school year times.

"It's not perfect, but we wanted to give it a shot," he said.

The start-stop times are not yet finalized. Axner asked board member for feedback on the new times and said they would be approved along with school handbooks.

Board member Gwen Callendar said she was pleased with the change.

"It's a lot better," she said. "The only feedback I ever got was that the elementary time was too late."