Superintendent's Office
Office of the Superintendent
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Mrs. Patricia Cleary
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884

Mrs. Kelly Garrett
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
Superintendent's Message
March 2017

Busing for Barberton High School students coming next year.

Patti Cleary

When school begins on August 24, 2017 after summer break, Barberton Schools will be able to offer busing to high school students with minimal cost to the District. After an analysis by the Transportation Department of the Ohio School Boards Association, it was determined that by changing the starting and ending times for students we would be able to provide the same service to high school students that we provide to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Busing will be provided for all students who live one mile or more from their school building.

In order to make this happen, we will have a three-tiered transportation routing and the beginning and ending times will be as follows:

Barberton High School – 7:25 am to 2:15 pm

Barberton Middle School – 8:00 am to 2:50 pm

Barberton Elementary Schools – 8:55 am to 3:25 pm

Students will attend school for the same amount of time that they attend this year, just the beginning and ending times will change. This schedule will mean that we do not have to spend additional funds for extra buses or drivers, just additional fuel, which we estimate to cost about $6,000 to $7,000 more per year.

As discussions continue at the Ohio State House regarding the Governor’s new biennium budget, there is a proposal being considered to uncap the State’s transportation funding to schools. Should this occur, Barberton would be in line to get additional funding because of this increase in service to students. Unfortunately, we most likely will not know the final details of the budget until June or July.

While we know it is not ideal to begin school earlier for adolescent students, we think that this change will help many families who have to arrange for their non-driving students to get to and from school. Many of our students currently walk between one and two miles, or more, to school each day, which can be a hardship in the winter.

I applaud the Board of Education for tasking us to find a way increase transportation to families while still being fiscally responsible to taxpayers. We are very excited to relieve the burden of school transportation for many of our families.
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