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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Superintendent: Busing kinks nearly resolved

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 12, 2017
Photo by: NICOLE MAJOR/Ledger photo Students line up this morning to catch a bus from Fairfield High School to their respective middle and elementary schools.

Fairfield Community School District superintendent Laurie Noll addressed complaints about buses arriving late this fall, acknowledging there have been a few delays and promising the operation will run smoother.

“There have been a few little kinks, but the transportation department has been making sure that those things have been worked out ... it appears to be running smoothly,” she said.

Noll said that busing on the first day of school experienced a delay of around 45 minutes, and that there had been some delays since then, but that it was “becoming faster.”

Noll said buses left the hub, Fairfield High School, at 3:55 p.m. the second day.

“After that first day, students have been leaving after 4 p.m., but it’s becoming faster as students know which bus to get on,” she said. “We’ve added a new bus this year that goes from Washington [Elementary] to Pence [Elementary] so that students can walk home together with their siblings, and so that parents can pick up from one location.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused — but please be patient — every day the buses are getting a little more efficient.”

Bus drivers have notified parents that the morning routes have moved up several minutes to ensure that students arrive at the hub on time.

Noll said parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to call the district’s bus barn.

Preschool classes begin today, and Noll said that would add “one more level” to the busing issue, because preschoolers would also be picked up and dropped off at the hub.

“Several adults are assisting students to help them get on the bus,” she said. “The little ones have stickers and tags on their backpacks to help. There could be some delays, but we are hoping that the system is working so that there should be less occurences of that.”

Noll said the district’s goal is to have students leave the hub to get to their respective schools by 8:05 a.m., and afternoon buses should begin lining up by 3:30 p.m.

“The goal is to get dismissed by 4 p.m. at the very latest to go home,” Noll said.

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