Fewer Schools, Fewer Routes

Schools can only open in the coming weeks if plans are in place to get the students there.

The Warren County School District board of directors’ Finance Committee sent a comprehensive list of all bus drivers to the full board for approval and also heard from Transportation Manager Mike Kiehl on some busing changes in place for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Kiehl said that the district “reduced seven routes for next year. We were able to do that through declining student enrollment and (the) closure of South Street. (That) opened up avenues to close routes.”

Some other changes will include an increased number of vans traveling to Youngsville Elementary/Middle School and Youngsville High School due to special education programming transferred to those buildings.

An additional fleet of vehicles, through the Intermediate Unit and Human Services, are for the early intervention program “that we took over just this year,” Kiehl said.

Board Vice President Donna Zariczny noted Kiehl’s report still listed South Street Early Learning Center on two routes.

“South Street (is) still used as a hub for two routes,” Kiehl said. “If we sell the building, (we) might have to change that location. As of the start of the school year, (I) still plan on using that as a transfer site.”

Transportation routes shifted when the district opted to close South Street Early Learning Center in Warren and move those students to Warren Area Elementary Center. Routes were also modified to accommodate the closure of Sheffield Elementary School and its subsequent merger with Allegheny Valley Elementary School.