by Lynn Meredith
Efficiency is the name of the game as Kaneland School District officials look at transporting students next year when Kaneland Harter Middle School opens. Middle school students aren’t the only ones who will be affected. Both the high school and the middle school will start 15 minutes earlier. Elementary start times will remain the same.
School officials said without these adjustments, a third tier of transportation would need to be added. The savings of not having to run a third run is significant.
â€œWe have 47 routes for next year. We would have to have 53 routes and seven new buses (if we ran a third tier). That would be $300,000 in routes and $600,000 in new buses,â€ Transportation Director Jim Ogle said.
The student day at the high school will start at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m. At the middle school, the day will begin at 7:25 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. The activity bus will leave at 5:10 p.m.
Elementary school times will remain from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Morning kindergarten will be from 8:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten will be from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.