The Seattle School Board Wednesday night streamlined the bus schedule for next year so that buses will arrive at schools at one of three times in the morning.
The board approved the changes as part of a one-year plan that will trim about $3 million in transportation costs.
Buses will arrive at most high schools and middle schools at 7:35 a.m. They will pull up to elementary schools at either 8:25 or 9:15 a.m.
The district had initially proposed a schedule that would have had buses arriving at four K-8 schools — Jane Addams, Pathfinder, Salmon Bay and TOPS (The Option Program at Seward) — a half-hour earlier than this year, at 7:35 a.m. That idea drew criticism from parents because of the disruption to family schedules.
The board amended that plan so that buses would arrive at those schools at 8:25 a.m. next year. Pinehurst K-8 also will have an 8:25 a.m. arrival time and buses will arrive at the other five K-8 schools at 9:15 a.m.
Because buses must reach a school at least 15 minutes before classes can begin, the changes also would change the schools’ start times.
Staggering arrival times makes it possible for buses to make multiple trips but requires a complex juggling act that must account for several factors including the length of the school day, rush-hour traffic, the proximity of schools to one another on a route and the grades of the riders.