Hello there, Bauxite Miners!
The Bauxite School District is experiencing a shortage of qualified licensed school bus drivers to cover the number of bus routes in our district. As a result, a consolidation of bus routes is necessary to ensure transportation for all students. The routes that are impacted by the consolidation are Bus #47 (Bear Bus) that transports students from the Sardis Ball Park and Bus #36 (Flag Bus) that transports students in the West Bauxite area. The routes will still be separate with one operating as a city route and the other as a regular route. The district has done this in the past when faced with the lack of availability of licensed drivers. The decision to consolidate the routes is an effort to continue to offer safe transportation to all of our students and serve as a courtesy to our patrons.
Starting today, November 10th, the West Bauxite Route will be leaving the school at 3:05 p.m. and arriving at their destination shortly thereafter. Parents of these students, please be ready for your child to arrive between 3:08 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The bus will then pick up students on the Sardis Ball Park route around 3:35 p.m. and take them to their destination. Their arrival time should be around 3:58 p.m. at the Sardis Ball Park. This will continue until further notice in the afternoons.
The morning routes for these buses will stay as they are until this Monday, November 14th. They will then change to the following:
If your child rides Bus #47 (Bear Bus), the current pick up time is 7:10 a.m. The new pick up time at Sardis Ball Park will be 6:45 a.m. Please have your child at the bus stop at 6:35 a.m. The afternoon drop off will be at 4:00 p.m.
If your child rides Bus #36 (Flag Bus), the bus will pick up in the mornings 15 minutes later and will drop off 15 minutes earlier in the afternoons. The bus route will pick up the Sardis students earlier in the mornings and drop off at the schools and then pick up the West Bauxite students and return to the schools. In the afternoons, the bus route will drop off the West Bauxite students and then return to the schools to pick up the Sardis students and then transport them to the Sardis Ball Park. Both of these routes will share the same Bus #36 and driver.
Thank you for your patience as we work this situation out. If you know anyone interested in applying as a bus driver at Bauxite Schools, please visit the employment opportunities section of our school website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Director of Student Support Services 501-557-5254.
Thank you for your time, and as always...you stay safe out there Bauxite Miners.