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BOE OKs Proposition on Reduced Transportation Limits

After months of examining student safety and transportation efficiencies, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education approved a proposition to reduce the transportation limits for all students in the District during its Board of Education meeting, Dec. 3. The proposition reduces the eligibility limit from 1.25 miles to no limit for all K-6 grade students, also known as universal transportation, and from 1.25 miles to .5 miles for 7-12 grade students.


Registered voters of the District will vote on the proposition as part of the ballot for the District’s budget vote and Board of Education trustee election on May 19, 2020. If passed, the plan would go into effect for the start of the 2020-21 school year.


The revised transportation plan increases ridership eligibility from approximately 50 to 100 percent at the elementary level and is expected to increase ridership at the high school level by reinstating two buses to its fleet at an estimated cost of $160,000 in the 2020-21 school year. The cost of the proposition will be built into the proposed 2020-21 budget.


According to District officials, various transportation studies were conducted. Hendrickson Bus Company, the District’s current company, presented the most feasible bussing plan that expands eligibility while accounting for the demographics of the District, they said. They also noted that the plan brings the District in line with the level of service offered in neighboring school districts.


The District will continue to use rotating cameras on the buses to monitor the behavior of students. Minimal changes to ride times are expected.


The Board invites the community to participate in the budget process during its Board of Education meetings, which are generally held at 7:30 pm in the Oyster Bay High School library on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Discussions begin Dec. 17 and will continue until the budget is adopted on April 7. Please check the District calendar or website for specific dates.