Board of Education has directed the administration to provide a detailed and
transparent reduction plan that may be necessary to implement if the November
4, 2014 operating levy request is unsuccessful.
In an effort to continue to provide you with information related to the
potential reductions in the school district, we have created the following frequently
asked questions specifically focused on student school bus
transportation. This information
includes a link to street names and addresses that will become ineligible for
student transportation if the operating levy is unsuccessful. Please know that the decision to include
reductions to transportation services for students was not entered into lightly.
Why are reductions being proposed for the school
school district has an operating levy on the ballot on November 4, 2014. If the levy request is unsuccessful, the
district must make $7.5 million in reductions in order to operate the school
district and eliminate the negative ending cash balance projected. School bus transportation will generally be
reduced to state minimum requirements by law should the levy be
Which students are required to be transported
to school by law?
requires that students enrolled in grades kindergarten through eight who live
more than 2 miles from the school shall be eligible to be transported to and
from school unless otherwise provided by law.
Transportation is not required for any student enrolled in grades nine
through twelve by law.
How many students will become ineligible for
transportation if reduced to state minimum requirement of 2 miles?
students enrolled in grades K-12 will become ineligible for daily bus transportation
to and from school if transportation is reduced to state minimum standards.
When will the 1,213 students become ineligible
for bus transportation?
living within 2 miles of their school building will become ineligible for bus
transportation effective January 5, 2015.
Why will the transportation changes occur after
winter recess in January rather than immediately in November if the levy is
will not change until January, 2015 due to construction on the school
campus. Construction will end during
winter recess. When complete, the district
will open its K-12 bus loop north of the 1-8 school building and reopen the
tennis court parking lot for additional assigned student and staff parking.
How will transportation to and from school
change if the November 4, 2014 levy is unsuccessful?
January 5, 2015, the first day back-to-school from winter recess, students that
live within 2 miles of their school building will become ineligible for school
bus transportation daily, unless an elementary route is maintained for the
remainder of the 2014-15 school year.
Are there any exceptions to the 2 mile rule
that will be implemented January 5, 2015?
Yes. For the remainder of the 2014-15 school year
starting January 5, 2015, any student enrolled in grades K-5 will remain
eligible for bus transportation if their home address is less than 2 miles from
school but a K-5 bus route still exists on their street. This exception will exist because all K-5
students ride the same bus and a bus will be traveling to the street to pick up
students anyway. It is possible that a
home address may be less than 2 miles to travel to the K-1 building, but
greater than 2 miles to travel to the 2-5 building. This will ensure that siblings in the same
household attending the K-1 or 2-5 buildings will remain eligible to ride the
bus. This exception will allow 442 K-5
students to remain eligible for transportation for the remainder of the
2014-15 school year.
How many bus routes will be eliminated in
January, 2015 if the levy is unsuccessful?
proposed transportation reduction will eliminate 10 bus routes.
of the streets and current addresses that are within the 2 mile radius from
each student's school of attendance that will become ineligible for daily
school bus transportation beginning January 5, 2015 should the November 4, 2014
levy be unsuccessful may be found here.
Will changes still occur if the levy passes on
November 4, 2014?
levy passage, the district will not
implement state minimum standards to provide transportation only to students who
live more than 2 miles from the school.
the district will continue to assess how changing student school day start and
end times can reduce costs and increase transportation efficiencies for the
start of the 2015-16 school year next August.
We will continue to develop our Safe Routes to Schools plans with the
City of New Albany to continue to encourage more walking/biking to school. Thereafter,
the administration will work with the Board of Education and our community to
discuss the potential implementation of a walking/biking to and from school
know that we thank you for your continued partnership in the school
district. We understand that a reduction
to transportation to state minimum requirements will create hardships for some
of our families. The recommendation to
reduce transportation services was not made easily but is necessary in order to
balance the impact that $7.5 million dollars in reductions has for the entire
school district. We prioritized
reductions to protect classroom instruction as much as possible. This information is provided to be responsive
to helping our families know and understand what changes will occur for student
transportation to and from school if the November 4, 2014, levy is unsuccessful. Your continued feedback is welcomed.
Domine Michael Sawyers Phil
Chief of Operations