It’s hard to believe the summer is over for some Michiana kids. Goshen Community Schools officially start Friday, but in this new year some things may be a little different.
Back in May, the school board voted in favor of accepting the recommendations of a transportation study for Goshen Community Schools.
They needed to make changes because the transportation budget lost $500,000.
Some of this year's changes mean some students will be getting to school in a different way.
“In a neighborhood for example, rather than going house to house with the buses, there might be three stops or hubs in the neighborhood where the bus will go pick up the students and move on,” explains Superintendent Diane Woodworth.
They will also be enforcing the one-mile walk zones, meaning anyone who lives within a mile of the school will have to walk.
But, some of these changes raise some concern for parents.
“He has to cross over County Road 21. You know, come prime time its 7:45 a.m. when people are trying to rush to work and school trying to be picking up buses, so that’s my concerns about kids crossing the busy street,” says Jenny Bloom.
But the superintend says safety is always a top priority
“Again, I think it’s a lot of asking the community to be aware. We have more children walking this year than we have had in the past. So, as people are motoring on their way to work in the morning, be aware of our young ones out there walking. And again, it goes back to parents and neighbors and of course in school we do our safety lessons every year, talking about things children need to know when they are walking the street anyway,” continues Woodworth.
Bloom says the lack of sidewalks in some areas is also a concern. She says more kids will have to walk in the street especially in the winter when some shovel while others don't.
“We are trying to help people then find, where is that closest street with a sidewalk. Hopefully it's just a very short area without a sidewalk to get to where there is a sidewalk,” says Woodworth.
For another mom, it’s not the bus that is a concern; it’s the change in the length of the school day. The length was changed to make buses more efficient.
“That means an athlete stays at the school later, our dinner is later, things are pushed back,” says Melisa Holley.
Now, WNDU did talk to other parents who were not worried about this change at all.
The superintendent’s office says bus drivers have run through these new changes and expect the first day to run very smoothly.
If you are worried your bus location has changed, you should have received a letter from the district’s transportation office. If you still have questions you can call the office at 574-533-7176.