A few minor changes will impact the bus schedules for Louisiana R-II School District for the 2014-15 school year, according to the district’s lead transportation official.
Richard Murry, transportation director for the school district, said Monday, July 28, that three routes will change this year with most of the adjustments to the schedule affecting South Carolina Street.
“We’ve moved most of South Carolina Street’s pickups and deliveries to North Carolina Street,” said Murry. “When we reviewed where students live, we learned that a majority live on North Carolina, Maryland or streets south. We wanted to move those (former) routes over to better serve the parents and students of those areas.”
Murry said that the change is the first in four or five years to the annual bus route schedule developed by the district. During his 20-year tenure as transporation director, he has seen only four or five key changes to the schedule. The changes are usually made to better convenience parents and students and is not based on budgetary challenges.
Murry also encourages parents to make sure their kids get on at the appropriate stops. According to the transporation official, there have been instances where as many as 50 children have waited at one stop with several leaving their scheduled location to meet up with friends, causing issues of timing with the bus stops.
The Lousiana R-II School District has a fleet of 12 buses that are in service with an additional “parts” bus on the fleet. The oldest bus the district has is a 2000 model and the fleet will run approximately 80,000 total miles annually. Each bus receives a full internal inspection by Murry each summer prior to a full formal review by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Murry noted that the fleet has received the “fleet excellence award” from MSHP the last five years.
He praised the district for making sure that no “shortcuts” are taken when keeping the fleet in good working condition for the safety of Louisiana students who ride the buses.
Please see next week’s Louisiana Press-Journal for a full page bus schedule that includes the changes made for the 2014-15 school term.