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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is changing bell schedules again.

Last year the district added 45 minutes to the school day for elementary students, and this next school year 10 more schools will see additional changes.

Three of those will have earlier start times and the rest will have later start times.

CMS says re-arranging the schedule allows the district to cut 15 buses from its fleet, saving $624,000 per year.

These savings have allowed us to use that money to help cover the costs of teachers, instructional programs and other academic resources, said Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh in a statement.

Lake Wylie Elementary will start at 8 a.m., 45 minutes earlier. Devonshire Elementary will start an hour earlier (7:45 a.m.) and will end at 2:45 p.m. Mint Hill Middle School will start at 8:15 a.m. instead of 9:15 a.m. and will end at 3:15 p.m.

Schools starting later include Coulwood Middle School (from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.), Crestdale Middle School (from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.), Kennedy Middle School (from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.), Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.), Nations Ford Middle School (from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.), Providence Spring Middle School (from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and South Charlotte Middle School (from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.).

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