Decatur ISD declares hazardous routes; Designation opens bus service to students

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Decatur ISD trustees designated hazardous transportation routes on U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380 Monday, opening bus service to students living within two miles of a school if they have to cross one of the roadways to get to campus.

Assistant Superintendent for Operations Steve White recommended the designation that will affect students at Carson and Rann elementary, Decatur Intermediate and McCarroll Middle School campuses. He also recommended that Carson and Decatur High School students living across the BNSF Railroad in Decatur Acres be eligible for bus service.

“There are currently no identified hazardous zones in Decatur ISD,” White said. “This will allow the district to apply for additional funds to transport students that live in these areas.

“For kids that don’t have a way to school that are on the other side of a four-lane highway, it is a hazardous area,” he said. “If we declare it a hazardous area, we can get these kids on the bus.”

White said service could start Monday for students in those areas. The district will be finding out who is eligible and working on adjusting routes. He said three or four families have contacted the district about bus service in the affected areas.

“We’ll try with just adjusting some of the routes,” White said. “If we need additional drivers, hopefully we can recruit some.”

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