Bullitt County Public Schools makes transportation changes

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by Whitney Harding

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Bullitt County Schools parent Lisa Sageser was fortunate that her children were all on time getting home from school last week; but, she knows some BCPS parents were not as lucky.

“Yeah they get frustrated about that and sometimes they don't know where their kids are, what bus they got on," she said with a shrug.

Last week, on Bullitt County's first week of school, many bus-riding elementary school children arrived home much later than they should. Some of that was due to a trickle-down affect: high schools letting out late causing the buses to arrive the elementary schools about an hour to an hour and a half behind schedule.

So, the school system made a big effort to fix the problems heading into week two.

“We've had to make some adjustments with the routes and the schedules,” BCPS transportation director Stacey Goedde said. “We've added some buses in a couple of different areas because of overloading issues so that should definitely help with the schedule."

A new strategy the transportation department is using this year is a computerized routing system. Goedde said they hope this technology will help everything be more streamlined and possibly even save some money.

“It helps us build the routes so they are more efficient and students spend less time on the buses,” Goedde explained. “It's new to our district. We have 100 buses with six routes each, three AM and three PM, so that's about 600 routes we've had to enter. It's a huge learning curve for us. It helps us with efficiency as far as mileage and fuel. That's money that can be spent in the schools."

Sageser said she's already been noticing some of the changes the department has made and thinks pretty soon all the planning speed bumps will be gone.

“They've actually cut down the size of the bus and how many kids are on the bus,” she said. “But, I think the first week or two we need to be a little more patient with the transportation because they all got new routes they got new bus drivers. I think the first week or so there's usually going to be some kinks."

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