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Pasco schools seek address confirmation to firm up next year's bus routes



Pasco County parents will get letters in their children's report cards next week asking them to confirm where they live, preferably as soon as possible.

It's part of an effort to design school bus routes for next fall early, and then leave them intact through the first two weeks of classes. The plan is to make no changes to the routes after June 27.

"We want to make it more efficient for the beginning of school," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe explained.

Children whose address information changes after June 27 could still ride the buses, Cobbe said, but they'd have to board at the nearest established stop rather than have a new stop added during the first days of school.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, who also recorded a phone message for parents on the issue, called for changes to the student transportation system after receiving multiple complaints last fall. He said the start of school is an annual event, and the district should be better prepared to deal with the logistics.

The change in setting routes is one of many improvements in the works. Some district staff received training earlier in March on a new system for tracking students and buses on the road. Plans are also under way to create a call center for busing concerns, which would operate during the first two weeks of school.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:08pm]


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