Tupelo Schools seek comment on bus routes

TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is trying to iron out new school bus routes as it adjusts to the school’s new reorganization.
Parents can take an eight-question transportation survey on the district’s Web site at www.tupeloschools.com. The link for the transportation survey is on the right side of the page.
“We want to find out if there are any problems from parents,” said Kay Bishop, public information officer for the TPSD. “We have corrected most of those, but there are some that we are not aware of. This survey will help us gather that information from parents of bus riders.”
The TPSD reorganized its elementary schools for this school year. Instead of seven schools with kindergarten through third-grade classes and three fourth- to sixth-grade schools, the district now has five K-2 schools, four 3-5 schools and one sixth-grade school.
Most of the complaints heard so far have dealt with the timing of bus pickups and drop-offs at the students’ homes, Bishop said.
Questions on the survey include whether the child feels safe on the bus, whether the bus driver operates safely, whether the driver is courteous and whether the buses are on time.
The survey also asks about experiences people have had with contacting the district’s transportation department. There is a series of multiple choice questions, as well as an area for submitting comments.
The survey will be available until Sept. 15.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

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