Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seattle Public Schools Transportation Meeting Tonight

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is holding several public meetings, for parents to learn more about the proposed changes to the 2011-2011 Transportation Plan and to provide feedback.

Tonight the meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at Hamilton International Middle School (1610 North 41st Street).

In the new proposed transportation plan, to be voted on on February 16th in the School Board's Legislative meeting, "transportation eligibility for attendance area elementary and K-8 students will be based on transportation zones. Students within the transportation zone and outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district provided transportation," the SPS Transportation website says.

Transportation zones maps are posted on-line.

The press release says:

The new Transportation Plan would save the District $4 million (the equivalent of 45 teaching positions) by creating new Transportation Zones that would streamline bus routes for attendance areas for elementary and K-8 schools.

The proposed changes would benefit students and families by decreasing bus ride time for aattendance area schools to 25 minutes or less. As routes will be shorter, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable, according to SPS. The plan also benefits the environment by taking about 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.

Children within the transportation zone and outside of walk zones would be eligible for district-provided transportation. Transportation Zones would include the entire attendance area of a school, extending to areas within a 1.25-mile radius from the school and within the middle school service area. Existing walk zones to schools would still apply.

To sign up to give public testimony at a meeting go here.

The final public meeting will Wednesday, February 8th, from 6:30-8 pm at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle) in West Seattle.

For more information go to the press release and the SPS Transportation homepage.

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