Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 14, 2012

Greenup implementing snow plan for buses

District hopes limited routes will keep school open in winter

Mike James
The Independent

LLOYD — A district that in some years loses three or more weeks of class because of snow-choked roads hopes a limited bus route schedule will keep school open.

Greenup County is implementing the plan for a second full season, district spokeswoman Scarlet Shoemaker said.

Under the plan, buses run on main roads and students who live on secondary roads will gather at designated pickup points.

It would be up to parents and guardians to get children to the designated areas.

The problem is roads, particularly those on the shaded north side of hills, where the snow doesn’t melt. Once iced over, they stay that way, often for days, according to transportation director Luther Grizzle.

Many of the district’s secondary roads are narrow and twisty, difficult even on good days for school buses. Grizzle estimated a majority of roads in the district fall under the restricted route plan.

The board of education settled on the limited route plan in the middle of the 2010-11 school year after losing more than two weeks of school by the end of January.

Since then, there has been little snow and last winter was one of the mildest in recent years, so officials haven’t been able to document the plan’s effectiveness.

So far, parents haven’t complained about the plan, Grizzle said.

Parents will be notified via the SchoolCast system on mornings the plan is implemented. The district also will contact local news outlets.

On those days, buses will use the limited routes for both morning and afternoon runs.

Students whose parents can’t get them to the pickup areas will be considered an excused absence and will be allowed to make up work they miss.

The entire route schedule is posted on the district’s website and there is a link on the front page.

MIKEā€ˆJAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.