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setting the stage

Context

    • PGSD implemented a transfer system for its non-public school students this year. While this system provides reliability and flexibility, some families have been negatively impacted and desire changes.
  • Purpose
    • CMD and Mr. Nester have worked diligently to develop ideas which may improve the system and resolve some of the issues. We will be presenting these ideas for discussion tonight.
Setting the stage
expected outcomes

Define a plan to address the concerns expressed

Define a timeline for implementation

Establish a future date on which we will review the impact of the decisions

Expected outcomes
norms

Treat everyone with respect

Do not interrupt each other

Express ourselves completely and concisely

Engage each other’s thoughts, ideas and opinions

Stay focused on the topic under discussion

Norms
summary of issues presented

Student safety

  • Different age students riding together
  • Early pick-up times
  • Length of rides
  • Not getting to school on time
  • Lengthy layover times
Summary of issues presented
student safety

Buses in same location every day

  • Transfer is segregated from other bussing
  • Seating Charts
  • Drivers monitor transfer
  • PGSD staff monitors transfer in AM
Student safety
different age of riders

Some of the non-public schools are K-12

Others are K-8

Not unusual to have students from various grade levels riding together

Different age of riders
length of runs

2012–2013 average ride times ranged from 16 minutes to 1 hour

  • 2013-2014 average ride times range from 30 minutes to 71 minutes
    • Less deviation in length of runs
    • More predictable
Length of Runs
lengthy layover times

2 buses have been identified as arriving at the afternoon transfer point approximately 15 minutes before other buses

Lengthy Layover times
potential changes to am runs

Option #1 – Move Transfer Point to LPE

    • Pros: Improves likelihood of on time arrival at PJP and VFB – approximately 5 minutes closer
    • Cons: None Noted
Potential changes to AM Runs
potential changes to am runs1

Option #2 – Provide Transportation Hubs

    • Alternate collection points
      • Proposed
        • Laura and Farmington
        • High and Pleasantview
        • Hilltop
    • Pros: Provides an option for families in those areas to drop their children at these locations at a later time
    • Cons: Will the hubs be used?
Potential changes to AM Runs
potential changes to am runs2

Option #3 – Provide a Two Tier Transfer System

    • Early transfer – 7:15 (PJP, BTC, CCS Sec, VFB, HC, Berks and IC)
    • Late transfer – 7:35 (SF, WM, CCS El, Wynd, SA)
    • Pros: Get to school on time

Later pick up for some students

Students take same bus to school

    • Cons: Students must learn new transfer system Drivers must learn new routes

Another month of transition

Potential changes to AM Runs
potential changes to pm runs

Option #1 – Provide Transportation Hubs

    • Alternate drop off points
      • Proposed
        • Laura and Farmington
        • High and Pleasantview
        • Hilltop
    • Pros: Provides an option to drop off student at the hub prior to completing the transfer cycle
    • Cons: Will the hubs be used?
Potential changes to pM Runs
potential changes to pm runs1

Option #2 – Provide a Two Tier Transfer System

    • Early transfer – 3:15 (PJP, BTC, WM, SA)
    • Late transfer – 3:35 (SF, CCS, Wynd, Berks, IC)
    • Pros: Eliminates layover for early arrivals

Less students and fewer buses at transfer

    • Cons: Students must learn new transfer system Another month of transition
Potential changes to pM Runs
potential changes to pm runs2

Option #3 – Early Buses Drop Students on way to Transfer Point

    • Affects only PJP and BTC
    • Pros: Eliminates layover for early arrivals

Some students get home much earlier

Others should not be impacted

    • Cons: Limited number of students benefit
Potential changes to pM Runs
recommendations

Relocate AM Transfer Point to LPE

Provide Transportation Hubs in AM to provide options to parents

Implement the two tier transfer system in the afternoon to minimize layover time and get students home promptly

Study the two tier transfer system for the morning and consider implementing next year

Recommendations
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