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Bus routes not expected to change as result of flooding

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Unlike some school corporations in the surrounding counties, the Clay Community Schools Corp. doesn't foresee any problems regarding bus routes heading into the 2008-09 school year.

"I think we're OK," CCSC Director of Transportation Frank Misner told The Brazil Times Thursday.

Misner pointed to the Vigo County School Corp. and its current troubles regarding bus routes. A recent report indicated some bus routes will be changed in the neighboring county to the west.

"I know Vigo County has got a lot of roads out," Misner said. "I'm sure they're pulling their hair out there."

However, Misner said he believed CCSC won't have to change routes.

He said there were some bridges out in the southern portion of the county that will cause little havoc.

"We just have to work around that," Misner said, adding meetings between himself, the specific bus driver and parents would determine where children would be picked up in the scenarios.

"We'll pick those kids up at a corner where we can pick them up," Misner said.

Misner said if flooding that took place in June would have occurred during the school year, the situation would be entirely different.

"If that would have happened while school was in session, we would have been in a lot of trouble," he said. "It was a mess. But luckily, we weren't in session."

He said there are certain routes that typically are cause for concern. For example, he said a route that travels to Poland to pick students up gives the transportation department fits during the spring.

"It's a standard thing," Misner said of spring flooding of the Eel River off State Road 42, "and they know that.

"If we were in session, some kids in certain areas, like Poland, couldn't be picked up. We could get to Poland, but we would have to go the back way."

But Misner expects bus routes to be running smoothly when the school year kicks off on Aug. 13.

"I don't think we've got a lot of problems out there," he said.

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