At the beginning of September, Supervisor of School Transportation Paul Guglielmo asked South Orangetown parents of students in grades K-8 to use bus transportation to and from school daily for the entire month, as part of the district’s “Give the Bus a Chance” campaign. Not only are buses the safest mode of transportation for students, but fewer parent drop-offs and pickups enable buses to operate more efficiently and get students to and from school sooner.
Approximately 45 additional students rode our buses daily this month compared with last year! Ridership has increased on South Orangetown Middle School morning buses, and on both morning and afternoon elementary routes.
Mr. Guglielmo is encouraged by families’ support of the “Give the Bus a Chance” campaign, but remains focused on continuous improvement district-wide. “For example, I’m working closely with Principal Sheila Beglin and Assistant Principal Maggie White to see how we can make the afternoon boarding process at William O. Schaefer Elementary School even more efficient,” he reports.
Let’s keep the momentum going! Thanks to all the families who participated in September; we hope to see your children on our buses all year. For those who haven’t yet gotten onboard, it’s not too late to “Give the Bus a Chance”!