Bus service will be reinstated for Marysville High School students for the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

Bus service will be reinstated for Marysville High School students for the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

The board of education voted last Monday to reinstate bus service for high school students.

Part of the cost-reduction package passed by the school board last year was the elimination of high school busing. The district worked to maintain some services, offering cluster bus stops where appropriate, but most students were forced to find their own way to high school.

Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said the biggest change would be the running of buses in the district's rural areas once again.

"We're not going back to where we once were," he said. "We've kept the two-mile radius (in which students are not offered transportation if they live within two miles of the school) and we're continuing cluster stops in logical areas, including places like Raymond and New Dover.

"But we're going back to two bus runs every day," he said. One will be for the high school and middle school, and the other for intermediate and elementary.

District operations manager Steve Ader said district leadership felt that if costs could be controlled, additional busing service could be offered.

"As the year has progressed, we've had a chance to review (cluster stop) locations, resolve issues and add stops," Ader said. "After looking at our options, we came up with a plan that runs as few buses as possible as full as possible."

Zimmerman said the goal is to have students on the bus for no longer than an hour, hopefully less.

Board President Jeff Mabee said not having the service "was a hardship for some people. But we needed time to find out how to do it efficiently."

"It's something we've struggled with all year," Zimmerman said. "We know how important transportation is to families."