New school schedules change bus route times

Published: Jul. 27, 2016 at 6:44 PM EDT
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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With Herbert Hoover students splitting classroom time at Elkview Middle School, and Clendenin Elementary students going to Bridge Elementary, there's going to be some rearranging for the typical school day.

All of the class schedule changes are also having an impact on bus schedules.

"The transportation routes are the same. At this point they have not changed. The times have changed," Brette Fraley, executive director of Kanawha County School Transportation, said.

According to Fraley, elementary and middle school students will be picked up a half hour earlier than normal, depending on location.

"It could be as early as 6:15 in the morning," Fraley said.

Herbert Hoover High School students have to be at Elkview Middle School by noon. Fraley said buses for high school students will arrive an hour to a hour and a half before their school day starts.

"We'll have buses that will be running in that part of the county all most a twelve hour span," Fraley said.

Fraley said the Kanawha County School Transportation Department will not hire more bus drivers.

"It all has to fit together as a puzzle," Peggy Stone, who is in charge of bus scheduling, said.

According to Stone, the new schedule affects 22 bus routes, but she said the biggest obstacle is figuring out where students now live after the floods.

"We're going to tell the drivers the first day -- if they see a student out, go ahead and pick them up and then tell them where the nearest bus stop is at," Stone said.

But not matter what, Stone said students will have a way to get to and from school.

The new bus schedule can be found at: under "school and bus information."

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