Superintendent Jude Meyers said the district's transportation department has been affected by many recent changes in the school system, such as the statewide schedule switch from minimum number of school days each year to minimum hours of instruction, and that the committee will work to brainstorm ways in which the district can improve its transportation procedures for students.
"There have been so many changes that have impacted transportation in recent years," he
"With the conversion from days to hours, (we're) trying to make sure we're getting people out (on) time within the contract.
We're talking about the possibility of beginning a pre-school program, and obviously there's a concern over putting kids like that out at the bus stop in the dark and early morning."
said the committee will discuss issues such as the seat time that students spend on the bus, concerns about open enrollment, days to hour policy changes, cost effectiveness and consistency of school day hours within each of the district's buildings.
"What we've done is we've put a committee together to kind of take a look at the things that have impacted the change, what our goals are and, of course, the solution (to put on) a blank piece of paper to see if we can come up with some better ways to do things," he
"We're just going to revisit transportation in the district and see what we can do a little better job and see if we can decrease seat time, and at the same time weighing what our expenses are going to be having done that."
said one on of his
personal goals is to reduce seat time for students to 45 minutes or less, if possible, and that the committee would discuss possibilities of increasing direct routes home so that students do not have to be transported to and from multiple buildings.
"We actually may have kids on a bus longer than what it takes to actually get to and from Columbus in a day.
So, I think we need to take a look at that," he
said the possibility of the district opening up a pre-school program is another motivating factor in revising transportation times and stops.
"If we had preschool (kids) ... I'll be honest.
I don't like little kids out at the bus stop in the dark," he
The transportation committee consists of board of education members, six school bus drivers, mechanics, administrators, three teachers and staff from central office, and Meyers
things the committee will be helpful.
"We've made a lot of progress with Athletic Council
that way (through a committee,) and I just think there's so many things going on - things in education - and transportation's kind of the glue that binds it all together," he
"I'm looking forward to it.