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Some Morgan students change buses Monday
County adjusting transportation routes after driver's resignation

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com
340-2432

Some students in the Lacey's Spring, Cotaco, Florette and Somerville areas will be riding different buses and have new pickup times Monday morning.

Bruce Kimbrell, director of maintenance and transportation, said he is changing the routes to eliminate one bus driver position, left vacant with a recent resignation.

This will save the Morgan County school system about $25,000 in salary and benefits.

He said the changes are necessary because he has 13 Brewer High routes for 350 students, with some buses carrying fewer than 22, and four Lacey's Spring School routes with 250 students, including two with 75 to 80 each.

A typical school bus carries 73 average-sized students, although a bus carrying smaller children can carry more.

Kimbrell said the system requires all students to have a seat.

"Small children can sometimes sit three or four to a seat," Kimbrell said.

Kimbrell said buses will pick up most of the Lacey's Spring students later in the morning, and students will arrive home earlier in the afternoon because their routes will be shorter.

Travel times

The differences in the travel times will vary for the Brewer students, but Kimbrell said
he doesn't think rides will be more than 5 to 10 minutes longer.

The students' bus stops will not change.

"Our buses go to the far end of a route and then pick up students as they go back to the school, so their rides are as short as possible," Kimbrell said.

Kimbrell said school officials are sending letters home with students to notify elementary parents of the changes.

He said Brewer Principal Frances Couey informed her high school students of the changes.

New school bus routes

Effective Monday, Morgan County Schools is adjusting the following bus routes in the Lacey’s Spring, Cotaco, Florette and Somerville areas:

  • Route 39 shifted to Lacey’s Spring, so Bus 1 will cover all of route 39, which includes parts of Alabama 36, the Cotaco area, Florette and Collins Hill roads, the lower end of Union Hill Road and Red Oak, Madkin Cove, Thomas, Murphy, Williams Cove and Black Ground roads.

  • The new Lacey’s Spring route will cover Lower Dry Creek, Fields, Airport, Kay and Wilson roads and Alabama 36.

  • Bus 17 will cover Charest Road (formerly part of Bus 1 route).

  • Bus 10 will cover Cutoff Road (formerly part of Bus 17 route).

  • Bus 32 will cover Six Mile and Peck Hollow roads (formerly part of Bus 17 route).

  • Bus 48 will cover Cabbage Patch Road (formerly part of Bus 1 route).

    - Bayne Hughes

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