Transportation Reductions

 

Impact of Transportation Cuts

More than 1,300 students who currently ride the bus to and from school would no longer be eligible for transportation services if the levy fails. That’s because one of the board approved budget cuts is to provide only the minimum transportation service as defined by state law. This would eliminate bussing for all students – kindergarten through grade 12 - living within two miles of their school, with no special consideration for hazardous conditions (highways, railroad crossings, etc.) The district would not offer a fee for service option.

Based on this fall’s bus utilization we’ve compiled a list of what these changes could look like at each of our schools:

Afton-Lakeland

  • Would cut transportation for 173 students (3 of 9 buses canceled - down to 6 buses at this school)
  • Students would need to cross St Croix Trail S to get to school. Only students living south of Iroquois Ave S would receive transportation in Afton, only students living west of the Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields would receive transportation in Lakeland. Transportation for 7 licensed daycare providers would be canceled.

Andersen

  • Would cut transportation for 31 students (no buses canceled)

Lake Elmo

  • Would cut transportation for 73 students (1-2 buses canceled)
  • Students would need to cross Lake Elmo Ave & Hwy 5 to get to school. Only students living further south than Lake Elmo Ave & 20th St N, further east than Manning and 30th St N, and further west than 31st St N & Janero Ave N would receive transportation. 43rd St N, Kimbro Ave N, Kirkwood Ln and Kindred Way would have transportation eliminated.
  • Wunder Years daycare would lose bus service - It's located just east of the Hwy 5/Jamaca roundabout, with its driveway directly on Hwy 5.

Lily Lake

  • Would cut transportation for 178 students (3 out of 4 buses would be canceled - down to 1 bus at this school)
  • All transportation for Lily Lake north and east of SAHS would be canceled. Students living on Newberry Ave/Newell Cir/56th St N/Newgate Ave N would be required to cross Hwy 36 to get to school.
  • This is a school whose carpool loop can barely handle the traffic it currently sees. 18 licensed daycare providers would lose transportation, including Trinity, Kindercare, and New Horizon.

Marine

  • Would cut transportation for 101 students (1 or 2 of 4 buses canceled)
  • Students would need to cross St Croix Trl N to get to school. Two licensed daycare providers would lose transportation (Kim Curtis is one), and all of Jackson Meadows would lose bus service.

Oak Park

  • Would cut transportation for 153 students (3 out of 4 buses canceled - down to 1 bus at this school)
  • Students would need to cross Hwy 36 to get to school. Only students living west and south of the intersections of Northbrook Blvd & 51st St N/Osgood Ave N & Olinda Blvd N would receive transportation.
  • Oak Park is the home of the GATE program, which currently does not receive transportation. The carpool line at this school in the afternoons commonly extends from the building entrance 2 blocks outside of the school currently. 16 licensed daycare providers would no longer have transportation, including Warm World and Dad's Daycare.

Rutherford

  • Would cut transportation for 132 students (2 out of 9 buses canceled - down to 7 buses at this school)
  • No student in the Legends development would have transportation (Judd, Bergmann, Settlers Ave, Legend Blvd, Delano Way, Barons Way, Reunion Rd, Newman Trl would all be canceled) The carpool line at this school normally extends through the roundabout at Rutherford Rd currently.

Stonebridge

  • Would cut transportation for 78 students (2 out of 6 buses canceled)
  • Any student living closer than Eagle Ridge Pl and Eagle Ridge Trl would not get transportation. All of the north hill and Dellwood Rd as far as Neal Ave N would have transportation canceled.
  • This school currently dismisses in waves, because the parent traffic and bus traffic cannot fit in the parking lot at the same time in the afternoons.

Valley Crossing

  • Would cut transportation for 98 students (2 out of 3 buses canceled - down to 1 bus at this school with 73 students transported)
  • Only students living west and north of Wilmes Lake would receive transportation.

Withrow

  • Would cut transportation for 27 students (1 out of 6 buses canceled)
  • Some students would have to cross Manning Ave and 2 rail lines to get to school. Transportation for 3 licensed daycare providers would be canceled.

Secondary Schools

  • Would cut bus service for 295 Fee for Service students. (Approx 5 of 66 buses canceled)
  • Stillwater Junior High students living less than 2 miles from school, but who currently receive transportation from the south side of Hwy 36 would have bus service canceled (78 students - 1 bus canceled)
  • Oak-Land Junior High students living less than 2 miles from school, but who currently receive transportation from the south side of I-94 would have bus service canceled (13 students)