Oshkosh school board approves $72,500 plan to fix bus delays

The Oshkosh school board unanimously approved a $72,500 resolution to alleviate busing delays.

The plan approved Wednesday places private school students on their own separate routes while adding three new buses and routes for public school students.

The change comes in response to problems with new bus routes and schedules put into place at the start of the school year in attempt to cut costs by $250,000. Drivers struggled to keep up with the tight timelines. Parents reported problems, including some elementary students being dropped off 45 minutes before school opens and some middle schoolers being picked up an hour after school ended.

Under the new plan, most elementary students would arrive at school no earlier than 20 minutes before classes start. The only exception is at Lakeside Elementary School, where students would arrive 25 minutes early. That is no earlier than in previous years.

Business Director Sue Schnorr said the additional buses will likely be paid with district reserve funds.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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