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Districts continue to correct busing problems

Establish telephone points of contact, detail mitigation efforts

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The three Morris school districts involved in the new shared busing service have announced steps to address concerns over communication that have arisen as the system has gotten off to a troubled start.

“The administration and staff at Saratoga 60c, District 54, and Morris Community High School District 101 have been working to correct a variety of issues related to our shared transportation service,” noted a joint news release issued late Thursday afternoon under a Morris Community Schools letterhead.

“The safe, timely and efficient transportation of our students is our top priority and we appreciate your patience as we improve the system.”

Acknowledging that communication has been an issue as buses have been delayed and other issues have arisen, the districts announced steps that have been taken to “improve the situation.”

It was indicated parents should contact their child’s school district with questions and concerns at one of the following phone numbers:

• District 54 (White Oak, Shabbona) – 815-318-6909

• Saratoga District 60c – 815-942-2128

• Morris Community High School District 101 – 815-942-1294, ext. 6

During this transition/start-up period, important transportation calls should be directed to Saratoga at 815-942-2128.

The news release also indicated the districts are in the process of cross checking student information and determining bus eligibility and route information. Staff will be contacting parents of eligible students who have not yet been assigned a bus with pickup/drop off locations and times.

Contact your child’s school district with any questions.

“Building administration and staff are working in conjunction with the transportation provider, staff, and drivers to improve route times,” said the release, the bore the names of all three district superintendents – Dr. Pat Halloran from District 101, Teri Shaw of District 54, and Kathy Perry of District 60C.

“We expect this process to improve in the corning days and weeks. We ask parents to notify their student’s school district when issues arise. Every effort will be made to correct the issue in a timely fashion.

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