District working to restore busing services to pre-pandemic levels
At the May 26 school board meeting district leaders shared information about their plans to restore bus service to pre-pandemic levels. Schmitty and Sons, the district’s new transportation vendor, is doing everything possible to purchase buses and hire drivers for the coming year. At this time they’ve been able to guarantee service to 70 routes, which is an improvement from the 65 routes in service currently. Their goal is to bring service back to pre-pandemic levels (79 routes) as soon as possible.
No action was taken at the school board meeting. Instead, district leaders had a conversation about possible short-term options to provide transportation to more students next year. The priority is to restore service to elementary students at pre-pandemic levels, which means students living .5 miles or further from school would receive a ride next year. The board asked administration to continue developing options to provide busing to GATE students and adjust transportation zones for middle school and high school students. The board will discuss the topic again at a future meeting. More information about transportation services for the 2022-2023 school year will be shared with families as it becomes available.
In Other News
A calendar has been approved for the 2023-2024 school year.
Students are returning to classrooms this week by car, bus, bike and feet! Please be extra careful as you drive through neighborhoods or near schools and watch out for our kids.
Students from Stillwater Area Public Schools, including a number of teens from the local Somali community, took part in StoryArk camps this summer.
The district’s new superintendent, Dr. Mike Funk, took to the stage at Pony Stadium for the districtwide kickoff event.
In the midst of a very busy week of preparing classrooms and getting familiar with new processes, district staff took an hour to re-connect, re-charge and breathe.
As students return to school, school safety is a top concern.
As the new school year begins this fall, transportation to and from school will be restored to our pre-pandemic levels.
The federal government has ended its free meals program, but free and reduced price meals will still be provided to families who need help covering the cost.