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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Stagnant water: Bus driver shortage affecting students within 2 miles of school

District officials said Friday that more than 1,500 students attending Stillwater Area public schools will be affected if the 2-mile no-busting zone is implemented next month, but school start times are not changing.

In view of the shortage of school-bus drivers, the district authorities are remodeling the bus routes. Priority is being given to students who live 2 miles or more from school and students required by law to receive a bus.

Families living within 2 miles of the school “must find alternative transportation,” Superintendent Malinda Lansfeld wrote in a letter to the families.

But plans to change school start and end times to address ongoing driver shortages – originally proposed last week – have been taken off the table, she said.

Changes to school start and end times would have reduced the number of buses needed to transport students, but “would also have caused significant disruption to students, staff, and families, and had a negative impact on Oak-Land Middle School students.” ,” Lansfeld wrote in a statement posted on the district’s website.

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He said that in addition to establishing routes for students who live 2 miles or more from school and others required by law to receive buses, district officials are working on creating neighborhood hubs and continuing to recruit new bus drivers. are, she said.

Information about the new bus route will be sent to all the families by October 27 and all changes made in the bus route will be effective from November 3.

According to Lansfeld, as more drivers are hired, the district will add back routes for families living within 2 miles of the school.

In other school district news, a man in West Lakeland Township was cited for a fifth-degree assault on September 23 after he allegedly pushed a Stillwater man at a school board meeting in the Oak Park Building. According to the police report, the person who was allegedly cited did not agree with the political gestures displayed in the meeting.

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