Compromise reached for dropped bus routes at Jeffersonville High School
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Bus stops are back on the table at Jeffersonville High School after parents expressed outrage over the prospect of some students losing their routes.
It was a decision, Greater Clark County Schools Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin said, that kept him up at night.
"I couldn't go to sleep, to be honest," Melin said.
The board voted last week to expand Jeffersonville High School's "No Transportation Zone." That meant more than 100 students would lose their bus route, forcing some to walk to school.
"Thirty-two minutes, according to Google, for my kids to walk," said Ty Anderson, a GCCS parent. "That's 32 minutes there and 32 minutes back. That's not in my kids' best interest to be walking that distance."
But now the district said that won't happen.
"I think we have a potential compromise solution," Melin said. "We're going to have about 20 pickup points that are going to be inside of this extended zone."
The announcement came on the same night a hearing was held to talk about Melin's proposed raise.
"That $7,000 car allowance impacts a kid that needs a bus route to school," said Jacob Conrad, a GCCS parent. "That doesn't sit well with me."
But Melin said cutting bus routes wasn't about money, but it caused buses to be chronically late at River Valley Middle School.
The new compromise calls for some drivers to run back-to-back double routes.
"We won't be able to go door-to-door," Melin said. "Maybe it won't be like it was in the past, but kids will be able to walk a reasonable length to get to a stop in their neighborhood."
The district will contact families about new bus stop locations in the next few days.
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