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Kingman schools staggered by bell schedules

Parents with children attending classes this fall in the Kingman Unified School District will have to acclimate themselves to different hours at different schools.

"We've always staggered school hours (in the Mohave Union and Kingman Elementary school districts) because of the busing situation," said Mike Ford, KUSD superintendent.

"It's almost a necessity when you're transporting such a large number of students in order to make the most efficient use of equipment and drivers."

KUSD officials signed an intergovernmental agreement in the spring to manage operations this year for the Chloride School District, which oversees just Mt.

Tipton School in Dolan Springs.

Ford said the Chloride School District has its own buses and drivers, but KUSD will handle maintenance on them now, as well as scheduling.

But add Mt.

Tipton students to the picture and total number of students who will need bus service rises to nearly 7,300.

It all has kept Cathy Davis, director of transportation for the KUSD, busy since the previous school year ended.

Counting the alternative school housed at Palo Christi, she has 11 schools to schedule bus runs to and from in the fall.

"It was time-consuming and I had to look at all the logistics of where students are transported from and to, the availability for buses at each school and individual demands for each school," Davis said.

"For example, Palo Christi and Black Mountain now offer junior high level classes, so I had to look at that in consideration with Kingman Junior High.

Junior high students at Palo Christi and Black Mountain wishing to participate in after-school activities at the junior high must have the same release time."

Cerbat Elementary is the northernmost school in Kingman, while Black Mountain is in Golden Valley on the western side of the district.

Those two schools, and Palo Christi, will have the same bell schedule with classes starting at 7:45 a.m.

and letting out at 2:30 p.m.

Cerbat was put on the same schedule because special education classrooms for the district are located there and being on the same schedule as Palo Christi and Black Mountain will permit flexibility needed to drop off students at Cerbat as well as pick them up from the two campuses of Kingman High School for a special education run, Davis said.

La Senita has been a late start school for several years and will continue that tradition in the fall.

La Senita and Manzanita Elementary School both will operate 9 a.m.

to 3:45 p.m.

Hualapai Elementary will be 15 minutes earlier with starting time at 8:45 a.m.

and classes getting out at 3:30 p.m.

The alternative school to be housed at Palo Christi will operate 7:20 a.m.

to 1:20 p.m.

Upper-grade levels also will be staggered as follows: Kingman High North will start at 8 a.m.

and let out at 2:55 p.m.; Kingman High South will start at 7:45 a.m.

and get out at 2:30 p.m.; and Kingman Junior High will start at 8:15 a.m.

and get out at 3:15 p.m.

Pre-school will be offered at Black Mountain and Manzanita Monday through Thursday.

Davis said the preschool bus boundaries for Manzanita would have children living south of Gordon Drive attending in the morning and children north of Gordon Drive attending in the afternoon.

The half-day kindergarten bell schedule will be: Cerbat, Black Mountain and Palo Christi, 7:45 a.m.

to 10:45 a.m.

and 11:30 a.m.

to 2:30 p.m.; La Senita and Manzanita, 9 a.m.

to noon and 12:45 p.m.

to 3:45 p.m.; and Hualapai, 8:45 a.m.

to 11:45 a.m.

and 12:30 p.m.

to 3:30 p.m.

The bell schedule for Mt.

Tipton School will be 8:15 a.m.

to 11:15 a.m.

for morning kindergarten (no afternoon kindergarten scheduled), 8 a.m.

to 2:30 p.m.

for grades 1-6, 8 a.m.

to 2:40 p.m.

for grades 7-8, and 7:55 a.m.

to 2:40 p.m.

for grades 9-12.

"I wish we could accommodate everyone's schedule but to do that we'd have to increase busing tremendously," Davis said.

"Everybody would like their children to go to school at 7:45 a.m.

and get out at 2:30 p.m., but that's not feasible."

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