When school begins next month, Guthrie Public Schools in‐town students, who live in the no ride zone, will have the option of riding a school bus to and from the school closest to their home.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson, who is set to begin his first school year in Guthrie, announced plans to provide shuttle services for students so that they will have much shorter walks to and from school. Simpson hopes that this move will help improve safety and allow students to arrive home sooner.
In 2010, the school system eliminated in-town transportation to help reduce cost involved.
Buses will pick up students from the school closest to their home and transport them to the school they attend each morning. Students may arrive at the school between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. Adult supervision will be present during this time.
Each evening buses will pick up students from the school they attend and return them to the school closest to their home. Bus drop off areas will have adult supervision until 3:30 p.m. and students will not be allowed to loiter in those areas after that time. All bus riders will need a bus pass.
If any student intends to ride any bus during the school year, the student must register at the transportation office during the week of August 6 through August 10 to receive the pass.
According to Simpson in a statement, “We realize this is not restoring door‐to‐door transportation services for our in‐town students but our hope is that we can restore services in a financially responsible manner that has the greatest impact on students and the community.”
All GPS students who ride a bus must obtain a pass from the GPS Transportation Department. Pre‐registration for bus riding may be completed at the Transportation Office (Located between the High School and the Upper Elementary School).
Students who ride a bus must complete the required rider registration form during the enrollment period listed below. At these enrollment times, parents will need to provide proof of residency, as well as other requested information. If any student intends to ride any bus during the school year they must have a pass that can only be obtained at the Transportation Office by registering as a bus rider.
Students without a pass will not be allowed to ride a bus. Late or emergency bus rider registration will be available at the Transportation Office August 15 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact the Director of Transportation at 282‐5919 or go to the Transportation Office located at 540 Crooks Dr.
Student Transportation Enrollment Hours
August 6 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. ‐ 3:30 p.m.
August 7 – 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
August 9 – 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
August 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. ‐3:30 p.m.
Hopefully this will help the traffic jam at GUES. My family and I have suffered through this mess since school year 2010. We live in the boonies and were used to picking up 5 children going to 5 different schools at the bus barn. One stop to pick up all. We are down to 3 schools starting 2012/2013 school year, but will still have to suffer through GUES traffic jam.
This is good. The school board should have never disallowed in-town students from catching a bus at one school and riding to another.
This is not good or any better than it was last year. This is a good opertunity for kids to get lost and more trouble. Guthrie cant keep the streets clean nor provide any transportatin for our kids. I have my house up for sale and am moving because this town is so backwards. Guthrie does nothing to improve the town for younger people and its residents unless you play football or are in the click of old money in town. I made a big mistake buying property in Guthrie.
I wish I knew what our tax dollars paid for? I see vacant lots all over town that need cleaned. Our streets are covered in gravel and trash from run down homes. Sure we built a water plant but the water still taste like dirt on some days and keroseen on others. Store fronts down town are closing up and leaving town. If you want to make a respectible living you have to work outside the city of Guthrie. Then you have to pay the only cab service to take your children to and from school. Bring back full city bus routes.
PS: For those that read my post. Your write I mispelled a couple of words. Thats because I did not have a bus to ride to Guthrie Schools and had to walk which made me late for English class..