July 2, 2022

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South Bend school leaders optimistic about transportation changes

SOUTH BEND — South Bend district leaders say they’re happy with progress made in getting students to and from school on time after the corporation enacted sweeping transportation changes this year.

Last fall, district leaders restructured school start times giving elementary, middle and high schools distinct pick up and drop off times.

Administrators say the shift from a two-tiered to three-tiered transportation schedule has allowed the corporation to streamline services and cut back on late arrivals.

Transportation changes: South Bend schools adopt new school start times

Transportation Director LaToya King said 95% of students are now arriving to school on time in the morning, a 60% increase from last year.

The three-tiered system also helped the department reduce the number of drivers needed to run routes, resulting in more than $2 million of savings in operations expenses.