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North Syracuse BOE discusses new bus plan

Savings in sight with possible changes

During the 7 p.m. June 21 North Syracuse Central School Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jerome F. Melvin discussed the possibility to change the walking distance in correlation with bus routes.

Because the current walking limit is set at 0.3 miles, Melvin said the busing schedule prohibits the drivers from delivering children home in the afternoon and getting to the middle schools on time.

District director of transportation Mike Janisch said he believes increasing the walking limit to 0.5 miles would resolve the problem. His estimates in a report presented to the board reflected potential savings of $32,900 by eliminating eight take-home buses in the afternoon.

Janisch's report stated that the frequency of stops could be decreased in the afternoon by not stopping at all morning locations or travelling the same morning streets.

"I think this should be made into a study for next year," Melvin said.

The Board of Education Policy Committee would have to convene immediately so that necessary recommendations could be made. After that, the board would have to take action, Melvin said.

The current policy addresses eighth through 12th grade students, so Melvin suggested any new changes include both the North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School, but only for afternoon runs at C-NS for 2010-11.

Melvin also said that Assistant Superintendent for Management Wayne Bleau has agreed to chair a committee this fall to review all busing guidelines between kindergarten and 12th grade for the 2011-12 school year.

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