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Message from the superintendent about bus routes
Updated on: 08.01.13

Editor's note: Brown County Schools Superintendent David Shaffer sent this message to local website administrators today to distribute to Brown County Schools parents. More information will be presented in his Superintendent's Corner column in the Aug. 7 Brown County Democrat.

We have given a lot of thought to several issues being raised regarding transportation rules and practices. I want to remind each of you that while we are trying to be flexible and accommodating to our families, our transportation system should not and cannot be custom-made to accommodate the many needs that parents have. I also want to remind everyone that we have established before- and after-school care programs at each of our schools with the exception of Brown County High School to assist with potential problems in getting children to and from schools. Therefore, we have come to the following conclusions: 

1.        Parents who have exercised school choice and selected a school out of their home district must provide their own transportation to and from schools.  Rationale: School choice is limited by enrollment parameters already. Our transportation system has been planned for some time and providing transportation would have the potential to result in enrollment changes that we cannot accommodate.    

2.        Out-of-district parents wishing to send students to our schools may work with the transportation director to determine an appropriate safe point for pickup and drop-off on an existing route and we will allow out-of-district students to utilize existing transportation. These points must be consistent throughout the year.  Rationale: We are encouraging out-of-district transfers and this action will be consistent with transportation requirements for residents. 

3.       We will allow only two different designations through the year for pickups and drop-offs. We will make accommodations for emergencies that arise on individual days. Rationale: It is imperative that we pick up and drop off students at the correct locations. Multiple locations compound the potential for errors to be made. 

4.       We will allow pickup and drop-off of Sprunica Elementary students at Lori’s Ton ’O Fun Daycare on a consistent basis only. Rationale: We have a large number of families using this facility and we can accommodate this because it is located in the Sprunica district for Sprunica students. 

5.       The Nashville-area campus will be used only for drop-offs in the mornings. Shuttle buses used to exchange students will run only from the elementary schools into the campus in the morning and from the campus to the elementary schools in the afternoons. Rationale: The drop-off of some Helmsburg district students in the fifth through 12th grades is being done only to reduce the length of several southern routes. 

We hope this will assist parents in their transportation needs. Again, I will remind everyone that the transportation program should not and cannot be custom-made for all situations. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding of our requirements.

David Shaffer, superintendent, Brown County Schools

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  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.