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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
‘What’s with our bus route?’
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Jeffrey Bessen/Herald
The Lawrence School District hired Sarah Weis to serve as a liaison among the private schools, the district’s Transportation Department and Independent Coach Corp., which transports the students.

“At each stop, parents want to take photos and get to know the bus driver,” Fabrizio said. “With 25 to 30 stops, add two minutes [to] each stop. We’re working with the school district to keep costs at a minimum and revamp the runs that don’t work to make them work.”

The district budgeted $9.3 million for transportation for the school year. In 2011-12 the total was $8.9 million, and in 2010-11 it was $8.8 million.

The district and Independent Coach set a deadline of Oct. 10, after the Jewish holidays end, to finalize the routes. “We figured to take two or three weeks for a review,” Fabrizio said. “A lot of the routes are working, and we’re adding vans to respond to the complaints about distance.”

As problems are solved and the number of complaints declines — Weis said it has decreased significantly — her position will expand to not only handling transportation problems but interacting with the private schools as part of a parent advisory council and serving as a district administrative assistant, Schall said. “We were so pleased with her work that we are in the process of contracting now through Civil Service,” he said. “Salary is in the process of being determined, contingent on Civil Service procedures being followed.”

“Not every call was an emergency, but I could help, and it was very personal,” said Weis, who can be reached at (516) 295-7095 or sweis@lawrence.k12.ny.us.

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