District scraps 3-Tier bus plan
In a series of recent community forums, Kings superintendent Tim Ackermann has discussed ongoing efforts to bolster the district’s fiscal responsibility. One notable suggestion was transitioning to a 3-tier transportation model.
Previously, the district operated on a 2-tier transportation model: junior high and high school students were transported in one tier, while elementary and intermediate students were transported in another.
The 3-tier model was originally developed as a way of potentially saving the district approximately $300,000, according to Ackermann.
The new model also called for changes in arrival and dismissal times for students district-wide.
According to the plan, junior high and high school students would comprise the first of three tiers, with arrival and dismissal times 10 minutes earlier than the current schedule.
SLE and CIS students would comprise the second tier, with arrival and dismissal times 25 minutes earlier than the current schedule.
JFB and KME students would comprise the third tier, with arrival and dismissal times 25 minutes later than the current schedule.
The change was intended to be proposed to the Kings Board of Education on April 19. However, on Monday, Ackermann announced that the plan would not be proposed to the school board, citing community feedback as the reason for this decision.
“I have received a lot of feedback from the community regarding this model,” stated Ackermann in a notice to the district. “Some of the concerns revolved around an earlier start time for our high school and junior high students, as well as later start/end times for our elementary students, making scheduling difficult for parents.”
Next school year, the Kings district will continue to operate on a 2-tier model, maintaining its current transportation schedule. Meanwhile, Ackermann will continue to explore new ways of achieving the district’s cost-saving goals.
“With your support, you can be assured that I will continue to look for ways to increase revenues and decrease expenditures moving forward, while making teaching and learning one of our highest priorities,” wrote Ackermann.
By Madison Stowers