School District 51 Bus Route Changes Now Available
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.-
"We're still working on some routes. We're adding some as a result of some of the concerns that have come in," noted Leon.
The expansion of the walking distance by one mile has been met with some opposition. Under the new plan, high school and middle school students have to live three miles or more from the school in order to take a bus, versus the old two mile rule, and elementary school students would have to live two miles or more from the school to qualify, versus one.
Many pickup and drop-off locations will also change.
"Any way we can squeeze routes together and combine routes, we're doing that," said Leon.
A total of 16 routes have been eliminated, which saves the school district $645,000. It also saves 12 teaching jobs.
"That's good. It keeps teachers in the district. Then they don't have to relocate," said David Smith, a newly hired physical education teacher who says the extra walking will be good exercise for the kids.
However, parents have expressed concerns over the safety of some of those roads. This had led to some last minute route additions near Appleton Elementary and Independence Valley and Ranch off Broadway.
The school district also has a safety committee to review routes that have parents concerned.
To submit a claim or to view the new and altered bus routes, go to www.mesa.k12.co.us.