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GVSD Buses: To San Francisco, Daily

Great Valley buses travel the mileage equivalent of Malvern to California and more than halfway back each day.

At the Sept. 10 Great Valley School Board work session, district business director Chuck Linderman gave a brief presentation on the district's bussing program.

Here are some of the facts and figures from the presentation:

  • Great Valley buses travel about 4,210 miles each day—the equivalent of one bus traveling to San Francisco, CA, and more than half the way back.
  • For students being transported to district elementary schools, ride time ranges from 10 to 53 minutes. For GVMS and GVHS students, the ride ranges from 15 to 65 minutes.
  • Great Valley is required to transport students to private and parochial schools within a 10-mile radius.  
  • Great Valley buses to the six GVSD schools and 1,000 students to nonpublic schools.
  • GVSD buses 157 special needs, charter school and technical school students.
  • The district uses three transfer points: General Wayne Elementary, Great Valley High School and St. Patrick Catholic School. The 539 students who use these transfer stations are allowed to wait on the bus.
  • 138 students in the district attend St. Patrick School, the most of any private school.
  • All 49 buses in the district fleet are on the road at 6:30 a.m.
  • "Busing is a thankless job, because everybody wants to be picked up and taken right to school," Linderman said, but the transportation department has done "a great job."

View the entire presentation in the attached PDF or on the Board Docs website.

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bbc October 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
My child's afternoon bus WASTES several of those miles going around in a huge circle, back past the school, in the opposite direction of our neighborhood, while young children sit on the bus and don't get home until 4:20.

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