By Mike Shope, Transportation Director
Morgan County School District Transportation Department is excited for the school year to begin. I want to thank Ray Giles, our maintenance department supervisor, for all the hard work he has done this summer. Our buses have been serviced and are ready to go. We would like to give an update on new routes as well as a new start time for Morgan Elementary School. All other schools will continue with the same schedule as last year.
Morgan Elementary 2010-2011 schedule is as follows: There will be a new start time of 8:45 a.m. .with an ending time of 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Grades first through fifth and extended day Kindergarten will have an early out at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday. School times for regular Kindergarten and Preschool will be 8:45 am to 11:30 am or 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday’s schedule will be 8:45 am to 10:25 am or 11:50 am to 1:30 p.m. Please have your Morgan Elementary student at the bus stop 15 minutes earlier than last year’s pickup time and expect them home 15 minutes later. All other school pickup times will not be affected.
We are pleased to announce that Lisa Carrigan will be driving our new bus #39. She will continue to maintain her same route in Hardscrabble. Please remind your student of the new bus and bus number. There will also be a new route with bus #25. Bus #25 will service Old Highway in Enterprise, Lamb’s Subdivision, Lilac and Day Lily Drive and Rollins’ Ranch. The pickup and drop off times will not be affected.
Last year we had 167 occurrences where a car and/or truck ignored the red flashing lights on the buses and drove through. As citizens of Morgan County we need to be reminded that the red flashing lights on the buses mean STOP – not slow down and go around. Due to the frequent stops, our bus drivers try to accommodate traffic by pulling over to let traffic pass. Please be patient for the safety of the students. As parents, we cannot teach drivers to obey the traffic rules, but we can teach our children to take extra precautions. Even though the bus has stopped, has put the stop sign out or turned on the red flashing lights does not mean everything is safe. Please have your student look both ways and then get a wave from the bus driver that it is clear to cross the street. The most important job we as bus drivers have is to safely transport students to and from school. Safety First!
Morgan County School District Transportation Department is pleased to serve the Morgan County citizens and look forward to a safe and successful year.