Savannah Chatham Public Schools presents bus consolidation plan

Parents–

Congratulations, you’ve officially survived the first few weeks of the new school year!

But now—Savannah district officials are already thinking ahead for next school year… trying to organize a new set of bus routes.

News 3’s Courtney Cole spoke with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Director of Communications to learn more about the plan and how it could affect the way your children get to class during the next school year.

“How can we effectively manage our transportation system?”

It’s a question Kurt Hetager, the Executive Director of Communications for Savannah-Chatham County Public schools, says can be answered with the new ‘consolidation stops transportation plan.’

“The ‘consolidated stops plan’ would specifically address only those parents that utilize transportation if their child is enrolled in a specialty or charter school,” Hetager told News 3.

…Ultimately making them more responsible for making sure their kids get to class…

“..Which would put some of the ownership on the parents to take their child from home to one of the consolidated stop locations, where they would then drop their child off. [Then,] their child would board the bus, and continue on a route to drop them off at a specialty or charter school,” said Hetager.

Right now, the school system is considering 10 different bus stop locations, helping them to cut down on the 77 special or charter school routes that are currently in place…and helping the district to cut down on the cost of transportation.

“You’re looking at an almost two-million dollar savings, cost savings, by eliminating routes and re-aligning them in a consolidating stops transportation plan,” Hetager said.

Hetager says it will also cut down on how much time your child spends on the bus…

“…Because if you have a child that’s going to– say a maritime charter school on Tybee Island, but they live on the Southside, that’s a quite a long bus ride…And you’ve got to get up very early in the morning to make sure that you get on that bus…So the child spends a lot of time of the bus and we think that could be improved as well…”

Improvements that would be made with the help of the transportation company, reliant…

“They’re involved in route modifications and developing the routes…so they play a big role as far as a logistical piece of does this make the most sense,” Hetager told News 3.

 

Click the link to read more about the plan and take the survey: http://bit.ly/1JJMOHd

(Parents, you have until September 18, 2015 to share your opinion and concerns.)

 

The plan will be up for review by the school board in December, and if it’s approved, it would go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year.

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