The Marysville school board heard from district administration last week that efforts are under way to shorten bus rides for students.

The Marysville school board heard from district administration last week that efforts are under way to shorten bus rides for students.

New bus routes recently implemented are shortening rides for elementary, intermediate and middle school students between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the student and route.

"Our No. 1 goal is to cut ride times," Superintendent Larry Zimmerman told the board at last Monday's meeting.

District operations manager Steve Ader told ThisWeek that the process to modify routes had been being discussed since the start of school.

Some elementary/intermediate routes have been consolidated with the addition of some middle school-only service, Zimmerman told ThisWeek.

The process removed three full routes.

Ader said the result is buses running fuller and for a shorter time and, therefore, more efficiently.

Ader said the district plans to add two new cluster stops for high school buses as well, one east of town at Watkins Road and Fels Boulevard and the other south of town off state Route 38 at Collingwood and Rosewood drives.

Zimmerman told ThisWeek additional modifications aimed at reducing ride times are being examined.

At the meeting, the board hired six bus drivers who had been working for the district as substitutes. Zimmerman said that the district couldn't hire the drivers as full-time employees until after the passage of the replacement and new levies earlier this month.

Additionally, the board took action on two other items affected by the recent levy results.

The board voted to offer a number of supplemental contracts for coaches for winter sports, including for middle school programs that would have been eliminated.

The board also approved the purchase of a new textbook for freshman science classes.

"The current text doesn't meet state standards," Zimmerman told the board.

He said the district is working toward recommending three additional new textbooks for the high school and middle school for purchase.

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