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TRANSPORTATION


Supervisor of Transportation: Sandy Espinoza

Secretary, Support Services: Lisa Vanderbye

Phone: (219) 473-4034
Fax: (219) 473-1698

The Transportation Department provides safe and efficient transportation of students from home to school and back, as well as sporting events, field trips, and special activities.

Below are the men and women who make this task possible.

CDL Drivers:Van Drivers:Aides:
Sandy EspinozaShellee WhitefootDelores Fejes
Terri BachuszKaren Halik
Crystal Murzyn

SAFETY

The new school year has begun. Students eagerly make their way to school each morning and home at the end of the day, either walking or riding the school bus. It's important for students and motorists alike to follow the rules and laws to ensure that everyone arrives at school or at home safely.

With school back in session, drivers need to be aware of surroundings to keep kids safe. Whether you drive students to school, or are driving through a school zone you can do your part to keep kids safe.

Simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be alert.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Reduce distractions in your car so you can concentrate. Put down your phone and don't talk or text while driving.

Reminders for pedestrians:

  • Cross the street at corners using traffic signals. Cross where there is a crossing guard when possible.
  • Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Safety for bus riders:

  • When the bus approaches your corner, stand back from the curb.
  • Stay seated while the bus is in motion and listen to any directions from the bus driver.
  • If you drop something outside near the bus, tell the driver before you try and pick it up.

SCHOOL BUS STOP ARM VIOLATION

When a stopped school bus has its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists must STOP.

The only exception is if the motorist is on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median. Motorists are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus.

Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class A Infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.