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'Bus'-ting out into a new school year

Routes due next week as most students get free rides
By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

Reporter/Mike Brown Man with a big job, RISD Transportation Director Willie Korenek shows off some of the seven new buses which will help the district offer some form of free bus transportation to most of the students in the Rockdale ISD. Reporter/Mike Brown Man with a big job, RISD Transportation Director Willie Korenek shows off some of the seven new buses which will help the district offer some form of free bus transportation to most of the students in the Rockdale ISD. A free ride in college means a full scholarship. A free ride in Rockdale means the 2009-10 school year and beyond.

Bus routes for the upcoming year—school starts Aug. 24—will be available Thursday, Aug. 6 in the most ambitious busing project in the history of the Rockdale ISD, according to Karl Kacir, assistant superintendent for business.

Everyone in the Rockdale ISD will be eligible for transportation to the new intermediate school. No matter where you live in the school district your student will be eligible for transportation to at least one campus. Most areas will be eligible for busing to all four.

Safety concern

The ambitious busing proposal had its origins when the district acquired the land on which the new intermediate is being constructed. It requires a trip down or alongside busy US 79 to access the campus.

Let's make it simple. If you live anywhere in the Rockdale ISD outside these two areas, your student is eligible for bus transportation to any of the district's four campuses. If you live inside the yellow, you get busing only to the new intermediate and the elementary. If you're inside the green, only to the intermediate. Detailed routes will be available Aug. 7. Let's make it simple. If you live anywhere in the Rockdale ISD outside these two areas, your student is eligible for bus transportation to any of the district's four campuses. If you live inside the yellow, you get busing only to the new intermediate and the elementary. If you're inside the green, only to the intermediate. Detailed routes will be available Aug. 7. Before the successful bond election which assured construction of the new school, administrators pledged to bus every student to the new school so no child would have to walk on or alongside the highway to get to or from the campus.

"Then we took a good look at how students are getting to the other campuses and decided we could improve safety for those who currently have to cross US 79 or the farm market roads (FM 487 and FM 908) which come through Rockdale," Kacir said.

Survey

A transportation survey went out in April to determine the demand for the free bus service.

Goal is for no student to have to walk more than .3-mile to a bus stop or to a campus for those living north of US 79 who don't have to cross the highway to get to school.

Kacir said when routes are made public on Thursday, families will be able to see in greater detail how their students will be able to take advantage of the new bus system.

"In some cases there would be quick transfers, getting off at one campus, getting on another bus and continuing on their destination," he said.

"There's not a deadline to sign up," he added. "Students are eligible to ride buses at any time during the school term. But we do need to how where they will be getting on or off. We need to gauge the demand."

"The goal is, of course, safety beyond anything," Kacir said. "We want students and parents to be aware of this service and use it. Let's not have anybody walking in a dangerous situation."

For questions, call: • RISD transportation department, 430-6020 • Administration building, 430-6000 Campus offices: • RHS 430-6140 • RJH, 430-6100 • Elementary, 430-6030


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