According to the top administrator of the Butler Area School District, progress is being made with transportation issues but there is still a lot of work left to do.
Superintendent Dr. Brian White said a senior consultant with Versatrans, which is the transportation software used by the district, has been working with the school since last Friday. “Right now they’re cleaning up data pieces and trying to make transportation routes more efficient,” White said.
Versatrans developed issues in the days leading up to the district’s originally scheduled start date of school. The district is still trying to figure out when would be the best time to introduce revised routes. Analysts are trying to determine the root cause of the problems experienced by the district but White has already pledged to modify district procedures to avoid this problem in the future.
“We are changing our timeline at the district to reflect a much earlier time when the transportation information will be brought to parents for review,” White said. “I am optimistic we’ll be sending information out in earlier fashion, most likely in mid-July for bus stop clarifications with parents, so we can clarify where people will be catching their buses.”
The district’s transportation department is currently two employees so giving them as much time as possible to incorporate feedback or navigate any possible problems is essential to smooth operation.