Sylvania Schools approves 2022-2023 school bus stop plan, amid mediation talks over continuing transportation plan

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Sylvania School District continues to work out the details of what transportation will be for this school year.

At a school board meeting on Monday, board members approved the district’s 2022 to 2023 bus stop plan. However, according to a district official, the transportation plan could be changed pending the outcome of the mediation talks. The mediation was initiated by two private school parents who object to the newly approved transportation plan.

Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica Motley said the district is facing a shortage of bus drivers.

“We had to do some things differently. We are committed as a district to continue providing transportation for all of our students, all 4,500 of them. However, the caveat is that we have fewer drivers,” she said.

“What we’re trying to do is work with what we have to continue to provide consistent, reliable transportation that’s safe for all of our Sylvania students, whether they attend a public school or a non-public community school. “, said Dr. Motley added.

During the meeting, parents raised concerns about earlier drop-off and pick-up times. In addition, parents worry about their young students traveling with high school students and students being transferred by bus to school.

A local mother said she chose not to take a bus for her five- and eight-year-old children.

“I have decided not to send my children on the bus this year, even though they desperately want to take it and they took it last year. just don’t feel comfortable sending them on a bus Firstly leaving early in the morning, secondly because we had to change schools, and then I heard other families say they were being dropped off before school starts,” Granger said.

Dr Motley said parents with questions can contact the school offices with any questions. Due to the shortage of bus drivers, some staff fill and drive, they may not answer, but will answer you.

According to 13abc media partners The Blade, a Lucas County pleas judge ordered the district to draft an alternate plan by Friday,

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