A major shift for students who ride buses in the Jackson County School System is in the planning stages.
Among the proposals being discussed for next fall is the transporting of K-5th grade students on one bus, and 6th-12th grade students on a separate bus. In addition, the district may add more time to the length of the day for elementary school students, officials said. It’s also possible that middle and high school days will be impacted in some minor way.
Superintendent Shannon Adams said that despite an efficient transportation department, too many students are spending too much time on school buses after school.
“We would like to get kids home earlier in the afternoons,” Adams said. “We have a lot of kids on the bus too long.”
Adams called the proposed changes “significant.”
“It will affect a lot of people next year,” he said. “Communication will be critical when we do have something to put out as a way to address the issue.”
A committee to address the transportation changes will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 12.