District smooths out bus kinks

By Bill Toscano

Nine days into the school year, Granville’s school bus issues appear to have been resolved.

John Steves, the district’s transportation supervisor, told the school board Sept. 10 that there had been some serious issues with the buses arriving late, especially in the afternoon.

Since then, according to both Steves and Diane Dumas, principal of Mary J. Tanner School, said things have been much better.

“On Tuesday, we were almost exactly on schedule, and by Friday we were on the schedule,” Steves said, adding that the number of changes for afternoon drop-offs has decreased.

“It’s slowly dropping, and we are getting more information,” he said. “We need to get a physical address rather than just ‘Grandma’s.’ If you have a substitute bus driver, he or she might not know where that is, and some of the younger students do not know the address.”

In the first four days, the backups were starting at Mary J. Tanner, where the kindergarten through third-grade students were getting on the bus.

“It’s going very well,” said Dumas. “We were able to work with John and speed up the process.”

In anticipation of Tuesday, early-release day, the school sent notes homes last week on yellow paper asking if there would be changes in their child’s afternoon plans.

Dumas said next year, the school will send notes home to parents in August to try to eliminate the issue in advance.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , ,

Obituary: Kenneth Robert Johnson

Johnson obit photo

After a brave battle with COPD, Kenneth “Ken”, “Kenny” Robert Johnson, passed away at his home on Friday, March 20, […]

Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany

nypalogo

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, […]

County faces financial ‘uncertainties’

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials are clouded by financial uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic with County Administrator Chris […]

School slated to resume soon, officials await state guidance

Whitehall High School

By PJ Ferguson As the news develops around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitehall Central School District faces some changes and […]

Low COVID-19 numbers in county due to lack of testing, officials say

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials project that more positive cases of the novel coronavirus exist in the county than […]

Obituary: David J. Little

David Little obit photo

Middle Granville, NY – David J. Little, age 60, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home, with his […]

Obituary: Crispen Winterburn

Crispen Winterburn, 49, of Manchester, NH, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 after a brief illness. […]

Town offices close April 1

Granville Town Hall 015

By Matthew Saari The Town of Granville offices will be closed to the public “until further notice” as of April […]

Village, school elections postponed until June

school vote

By Matthew Saari The elections scheduled for both the Granville village and school boards have been pushed back several months. […]

Vermont schools closed, Granville eyes reopening

gcs

By Matthew Saari   Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that all schools in the Green Mountain State will […]

Washington County: Visitors, stay away

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County is urging visitors, weekenders, second-home owners and short-term rental owners to stay away during the […]

Whitehall fiscal health ‘good’

village board

By PJ Ferguson The village of Whitehall is in good fiscal health, according to the annual fiscal stress report by […]