Hayden School Board to discuss bus routes

Officials to consider pick-up zone improvements

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What: Hayden School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Board meeting room of the district's administration building

— The Hayden School Board will discuss the district's bus routes when it meets at 6 p.m. today.

Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold said Tuesday that the discussion would include whether to rearrange some bus stops to make picking up students more effective.

Last month, Rockhold told the Steamboat Pilot & Today that he asked Transportation Director Festus Hagins to begin exploring the financial impact of not offering bus services to students who live in town.

At the time, he said the plan was "not a done deal" nor had he heard opposition from parents who circulated a petition opposing the idea.

The petition cited some of the dangers facing students should the district move forward with the plan. They included walking during winter, that U.S. Highway 40 doesn't have a full-time stoplight that would allow children to cross safely and the lack of sidewalks throughout town forcing children onto busy streets.

On Tuesday, Rockhold said the district still was gathering information but that, as of now, in-town students still would be picked up.

The district runs five 35- to 53-passenger buses and a small vehicle on five routes to pick up and return its students.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to address the board after the meeting begins.

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