Again, there are more meetings to be scheduled after this Thursday's meeting a 7 p.m. at Aki Kurose but they have not yet been announced.
Update: additional meetings posted.
Thursday, Feb. 3
at Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N. 41st
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle.
The proposed changes would benefit students and families by decreasing the bus ride time for attendance 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. 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.
In addition to the new zones, some schools' bell times would change, with some high schools and middle schools starting 10 minutes earlier and elementary schools starting five minutes later
As a result of the plan, some elementary and K-8 students currently receiving transportation this year might not get transportation next year.
District leaders are working to provide the following intermediary bus options for impacted students for the next two years, 2011-13.
Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary could walk to a bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space available basis
A shuttle system would be created so students can catch a bus at one school and take it to another.
On Wednesday, January 26, the district will start loading maps so that families can see proposed intermediary transportation options based on student address, with completion by Saturday, January 29.
Feb. 2 - Introduction of plan to School Board - this is where you need to make sure to testify and/or send comments. The sooner, the better.
Feb. 16th - Board vote on proposed plan
Additional information is available on the Transportation Services website at http://www.seattleschools.org/area/transportation/index.dxml , and the site will be updated as additional information, such as estimated number of students impacted by the change, becomes available.