Board of Education hears update on community bus stops

The Montgomery County Board of Education met last night, and board members received an update on the implementation of community bus stops – the new system of picking up multiple students at a stop in what administrators say is an effort to reduce bus ride times and fuel expense.

130806_School_Bus_Blue_Bird_CROPThe school system’s Executive Director for Auxiliary Services, Bill Mingin, told board members that the transition has been busy, but transportation director Russ Brown has been on top of the situation.

“We’ve had some minor issues, and, of course, Mr. Brown has been very busy the first couple of weeks of school,” Mingin told the board.

State law says schools can require students to walk as far as 3/10 of a mile to a bus stop, but Mingin said the local plan has reduced the farthest walk to less than 2/10 of a mile.

“We were able to reduce our farthest stop to 0.18 mile,” said Mingin.

Bill Mingin told board of education members he expects to see significant savings in fuel over the course of the school year because of community bus stops.

WMTG is working on a rebroadcast of the board of education meeting, and we expect it to air Sun., Sept. 15 at 9 p.m.

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