Line Mountain revises bus policy
MANDATA - The Line Mountain School Board passed the first reading of a revised transportation policy Tuesday night that's designed to reduce the large number of school bus changes from parents.
At the last meeting two weeks ago, Superintendent Dave Campbell reported the district office employees were overwhelmed with accommodating parents who switch their students' bus schedule on any given day. Board members are worried this could potentially confuse younger students.
On Tuesday night, Director Lauren Hackenburg offered the lone dissenting opinion among eight board members. She wanted more options for parents who have fluctuating schedules.
"I think it's fair," Director Lamont Masser said. "Just wait until we lose a kid when they have three different stops. It's going to happen when you have multiple changes. These kids aren't going to know where they're going."
If the policy is finally approved next month, any changes for request must be made in writing to the appropriate school building's office within 48 hours.
The school district will still allow for different morning and afternoon bus stop assignments due to babysitting arrangements, but such arrangements shall remain the same every day of the week, according to the policy.
The district administration has discretion to allow exceptions if provided with compelling reasons and documentations.
"When you have the ability to make changes whenever they (parents) want, they're going to," Campbell said. "But if you say they need notice, it will stop."
In other business, the board approved:
-The renewal of the following: Choices Planner and Choices Explorer software at the high school guidance department through Bridges Transition Co., Culver City, at a cost of $1,035; M86 Internet Filter software and Reporter Academic bundle through Micro Technology Group Inc., Bensalem, at a cost of $2,112, and hardware maintenance on the M86 Internet Filter WF550 appliance through Micro Technology Group at a cost of $779.40.
- A change order for J-Mar Construction Inc. at a cost of $3,947.