|July 21: Blake High School theater, 1701 N Boulevard|
|July 22: Sickles High School media center, 7950 Gunn
|July 23: Leto High School media center, 4409 W Sligh Ave.|
|July 28: Middleton High School media center, 4801 N 22nd St.|
|July 30: Robinson High School media center, 6311 S Lois Ave.|
|July 31: Alonso High School auditorium, 8302 Montague St.|
|Aug. 1: Hillsborough High School auditorium, 5000 Central Ave.|
|Aug. 4: Chamberlain High School media center, 9401 N Boulevard|
|Aug. 6: Jefferson High School auditorium, 4401 W Cypress St.|
|Aug. 7: Plant High School media center, 2415 S Himes Ave.|
TAMPA — Still have questions about your child's bus stop? The Hillsborough County School District will hold another series of meetings to answer questions about its new bus routes for the fall, which are designed to run more efficiently and save money.
The first meetings, held in May, resulted in more than 50 site evaluations and "a number of changes," according to John Franklin, the district's transportation general manager.
However, this next set of gatherings will be more informational, as the final routes should be set by then, Franklin said.
"The next part of the process is combining bus stops into runs, and then combining runs into routes," Franklin said. "What the parents will be getting at the next group of meetings is the finalized bus stop and the time they can expect their youngster can be picked up and dropped off."
If parents have any safety concerns about the bus stops, they can ask for a review any time of the year and a bus stop safety review will be launched, he said.
At least one neighborhood was celebrating this week. The Woodmont Community in Citrus Park, which was concerned about a new stop at Gunn Highway and Cain Road, scored a victory when district officials deemed the path to the bus stop did not have adequate walking space. A number of culverts and ditches run along the two-lane road.
Parents had learned of the new stop at one of the meetings.
"The community is very grateful for the school district's decision," said Barbara Boler, the parent of a middle-schooler. Boler and her neighbors had invited Franklin to their neighborhood to check out the route for himself.
The district sent out a safety inspector who cited the culverts as the reason for the change.
District officials hope to make all magnet, elementary, middle and high school buses stop at the same spots throughout neighborhoods for much of South Tampa, through the central city to the northwest suburbs. In Hillsborough County, there are about 1,500 bus stop changes on tap.
Dong-Phuong Nguyen can be reached at (813) 269-5312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.