The Press Newspaper
Oregon school board members Jeff Ziviski and P.J. Kapfhammer want to increase the pick-up locations for the new bus shuttle service for Clay High School students.
The shuttle service, which started last week, has 12 pick-up points. Clay High School students have gone without busing since last year when it was eliminated by the board due to budget constraints. The board later agreed to provide limited transportation to high school students, saying the district’s finances had improved enough to provide the bus shuttle.
“We want to look into having 36 stops,” said Kapfhammer. “Twelve just isn’t enough. But it’s a good start.”
Kapfhammer said it wouldn’t cost the district extra to add the stops.
“It would probably take a minute or two more to stop and pick kids up before going to the next stop. How long would it take to put 12-14 kids on the bus and drive forward again,” he said.
“They based the survey points based on what students in the high school filled out. That survey wasn’t done through parents,” said Kapfhammer. “Parents were already informed that there would be 12 stops when they got papers to fill out. The parents didn’t have any information about where the stops are going to be, how far the kids would have to walk. Is it a start? Yes. Am I happy we started it? Yes. Let’s do it right. Now we know where we’re at. Let’s tweak it.
Originally, 10 drop off locations were planned, but two were added later based on a survey of high school students who said they were interested in the service. Forms later mailed to parents indicated about 200 students would be taking the shuttle.
Buses made between 200-300 stops for 500 high school students before full-service transportation had been cut by the school board.
The cost to the district for the shuttle service for the remainder of this year is $50,000. The cost for the entire year next year will be $100,000.
I’m hoping to either get placed on the agenda for Tuesday, or bring up the idea on new business for the busing situation. I recommend we have a district leadership team ride the shuttles the first week it started, and leadership team members at the actual shuttle drop offs to be able to talk to the parents and get their comments and feedback to let them know they’re reviewing this and lookg at it for their input. I want to bring up the shuttle service is a small step in the right direction to bring ubsin gack, but the end goal is to bring busing back on a full scale basis. Two or three stops is not veryconventient for parents. We’ve had parents speak at board meetings they need shuttle service to go to the shuttle drop offs.