Approved Changes For 2019-20

  • April 22, 2019

     

    Dear Families,

     

    We are following up regarding changes to the transportation department’s Optional Bus Service (OBS), or “in-town” routes, for the 2019-20 school year. Last month, the district provided families with information regarding previously proposed changes, and opportunities to offer input through an electronic survey and community meeting, which can be found at the bottom of this webpage. The feedback helped to modify proposed changes to better serve our students and families.

     

    The following recommendations were approved by the board on April 8, 2019:

     

    • All transportation fees will remain unchanged for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Expand the walk zone for 7-8 grade students to include those who reside south of 2nd St NE and 2nd St NW, as well as north and west of HWY 65 (NE Hubbell Ave.) This will include developments of: Meadowbrook, Paine Heights, Efnor Estates, Quail Run. Based on community feedback, alterations were made that now allows 6th-grade students to be omitted from changes to the walk zone.  
    • Expand the walk zone for all high school students (grades 9-12) to include students who reside in an Optional Bus Service area. This will include developments of Meadowbrook, Paine Heights, Efnor Estates, Quail Run, Blue Jay Landing, Mallard Pointe, Deer Ridge, Arbor Ridge, Renaud Ridge, Sankey Summit, Pleasant Grove, and Lincoln Street North. Students in grades 9-12 who reside in the walk zone will not be eligible for Optional Bus Services.
    • Continue with the current (2018-19 school year) walk zones for students in grades K-6. Optional Bus Service passes may be purchased until the routes reach capacity.
    • Based on the availability of seats after August 12, Optional Bus Services may be available to 7-8 grade students who reside in the 2019-20 walk zone on a first come, first served basis. This will be done on a trial basis for the 2019-2020 school year and may be continued depending on demand.
    • Maps for the new walk zones can be found on pages 12 and 13 of the original presentation.


    We appreciate the opportunity to safely transport your students each day. With questions regarding the new walk zones, or anything transportation related, please contact me.

     

    Sincerely,

    Mary Jo Hetrick's signature

    Mary Jo Hetrick
    Director of Transportation
    Email: hetrickmj@bfschools.org
    Phone: 515-967-7819

     



Proposed Changes for 2019-20

  • February 28, 2019

     

    The district is now considering previously proposed changes to our transportation services for the 2019-20 school year. These changes would impact our Optional Bus Service or “in-town” routes, and are designed so that we can continue to offer optional transportation to as many students as possible. There will be no changes to our country or “required” routes.

     

    A summary of the proposed changes:

    • We are recommending that all fees remain the same
    • We will continue to offer driver incentives to attract quality drivers
    • We propose increasing the walk zone for middle school and high school students to better align with state guidelines

     

    We invite you to review a presentation and complete an electronic survey to provide feedback on the points discussed in the document. Please note, the link to the survey is located within the presentation.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESENTATION & SURVEY

     

  • Our transportation department will hold a public meeting to present this information and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion.

     

    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    Middle School Library

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

     

    Thank you for your time and consideration. With questions, please contact our transportation director at the information listed below.

     

    Sincerely, 

     Mary Jo Hetrick's signature

    Mary Jo Hetrick

    Director of Transportation

    Email: hetrickmj@bfschools.org

    Phone: 515-967-7819