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Beatrice Public School buses sit outside the Mid States School Bus bus barn in this file photo.

Beatrice Public Schools officials are still working through issues with the bus system following changes this school year.

Assistant Superintendent Jackie Nielsen discussed some of the issues during the BPS Board of Education’s Thursday meeting, where she said some of the issues have been related to communication.

“We ended up running into personnel complications because we had some bus driver shortages so we are working through those,” she said. “I know we had a route that was not covered at the preschools so parents were asked to come pick up their kids to get them safely home. We know that was an inconvenience to parents.”

Nielsen said one change recently made has been that each bus is going to each school, rather than different buses going to different schools. The adjustment has cut down some of the confusion of which bus a student needs to be on.

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“The routes are becoming quicker and quicker,” she said. “The bus drivers have worked on adjusting times, pickup, drop off, where the route goes and how it goes. The bus drivers and students are becoming more familiar with the routes…The bus drivers are much happier because they pick up their kids, they drop off their kids, they know where their kids are going. That has worked out well.”

Due to modifications in schedules and enrollment programs, busing for the 2019-2020 school year has changed so families are now enrolling their students in transportation through the EZRouting GPS program

There are currently 10 bus routes picking students up across the county, and Nielsen said the district will continue to refine its bus process.

“We have plans for next year already about how we’re going to make it better and how we’re going to make sure that all parents can sign on, come here to register and we can have everything ready to go way before day one,” she said. “We are just modifying and adjusting as much as we can each and every day so it gets better.”

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