Some parents and students will experience a change in their school bus routes this school year. In an effort to cut fuel expenses and lessen the amount of time children are spending on the bus, some routes were changed, according to Transportation Secretary Edith Smith.
Ms. Smith said the rerouting was necessary for a variety of reasons, including being more fuel efficient and because the extra 15 minutes added to the school schedule this year would mean a later time before students could get home. The school day was extended a few minutes each day so students will not miss out on any instruction time with the new 170-day calendar for the 2010-2011 school year.
"With us looking at efficient bus use, trying to cut down on mileage and better utilize the buses, we did mass changes in transportation this summer," Ms. Smith said.
"A lot of students will be riding buses with numbers they are not familiar with. But, people did not lose their jobs, we've just moved people around."
Ms. Smith said the new system will be easier for parents and students to remember their bus number, because there will not be any streets assigned with more than one bus.
Parents with questions are encouraged to call Ms. Smith at 706-986-4081 or Tammy Newsome at 706-986-4091 during normal business hours.