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NEW BUS SYSTEM IS WORKING WELL

After a rocky start, double bus-routing in the Holland School District is a success, School Superintendent Anne Marie Spadafora told the School Board on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, parents protested the proposed changes.

The new system sends 14 buses on two separate runs each day instead of 22 buses on single runs. Elementary pupils now start and end their day about an hour later than last year.

The board embraced the new system of busing because of a shortage of bus drivers in the district as well as to save money on buses and maintenance.

"The first day was very difficult," Spadafora said. "We had a hard time with the middle and high school -- the usual first-day problems. The buses didn't leave until 30 minutes later, making us late picking up the elementary students."

After some tweaking of the new system, the last child is now off the bus at 4:30 p.m., after riding the bus for no more than 40 to 45 minutes.

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