Trustees accepted the district’s recommendation of no reduction of bus routes for the 2019–20 school year so the administration and a citizen’s committee can continue to adjust a new hazardous route rating tool.

While the new tool adds clarity and uniformity in how transportation employees assess hazardous routes across the district’s 200 square miles, in its current form, it would result in the loss of bus service to more than 1,100 students. Because of that, Trustees instructed the community committee working to develop the rating tool to revise it and present it to the Board at a later date.

“We have made tremendous progress in creating a rating tool that is fair and equitable, but there’s still work to be done,” Board President Aaron Johnson said. “We promised to our community that we’d get it right, so it makes sense to continue the status quo until our work is finished.”

The committee has been working for several months, evaluating multiple rating models, in producing an evaluation matrix for the board to consider adopting for the 2019–20 school year. For more information on the process, please go to