Lamarche to Lay Out New Transportation Options for Bourne Students

BOURNE – The construction of a new school in Bourne is calling for a change in which school buildings house particular grade levels.

Superintendent of Bourne Public Schools Steven Lamarche conduct a presentation in December on the different transportation options for students next year as the grade rearrangement happens.

Lamarche says the district is hoping to make as few changes as possible to the current bus routes, which were implemented before the school year began.

Following the completion of the new school, Bournedale Elementary is going to house pre-K through second grade students, third grade through fifth grade students will be located in the new school, the middle school will house the sixth through eighth grades while the high school remains the same.

“What that in essence means is that we have to relook at our transportation program as a whole for the community. This year, we took a very cumbersome and very difficult process of revamping our entire transportation system for the Bourne community. Some bus stops were changed, some were not,” Lamarche explained.

“It really is in the community’s hands on what they really want to desire for a transportation program because even though we’ve taken a large step this year to build towards next year, it will look different because we are hitting all four corners of the town to transport children to their school.”

Lamarche didn’t disclose any specifics about the new transportation options, he did suggest that students in grades 6-12 may have to share busses. He argues that establishing individual bus routes for each school rather than combining high school and middle school routes would send transportation costs soaring. Lamarche added that he knows of other districts that have taken the same transportation measures.

“We know going into next year there’s going to be some more questions about transportation, but we hope that the lion’s share of work that was done for this year will build in everything that we need for next year,” he said.

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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