Perry Township Schools provide bus transportation for students to and from school, educational field trips, athletic trips, and all other approved activities. Transporting students safely is the priority of the Transportation Department.
|Tier #||School Times||Schools|
|Tier 1||7:05am-1:50pm (M,T,Th,F)
|Perry Meridian High School
Southport High School
|Tier 2||8:00am-2:45pm (M,T,Th,F)
|Perry Meridian Middle School
Southport Middle School
Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy
Southport 6th Grade Academy
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Glenns Valley Elementary School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Rosa Parks Kindergarten Academy
|Tier 3||9:05am-3:55pm (M,T,Th,F)
|Clinton Young Elementary School
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
Homecroft Elementary School
Jeremiah Gray Elementary School
Mary Bryan Elementary School
Henry Burkhart Elementary School
Southport Elementary School
Winchester Village Elementary School
Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy
Homecroft Kindergarten Academy
Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy
The Perry Township School Board of Education voted to transition from its current two-tiered bus system to a three-tiered system at the start of the 2017-18 school year. After months of research and planning, the district determined the three-tiered system will provide the following benefits:
The three-tiered bus system is the most practical approach to accommodating the growing enrollment which has surpassed 16,000 students. Currently, drivers bus 80+ students on many routes. Under the three-tiered system, approximately 56 students will be bussed at a time.
Separates high school and middle school
Currently, high school students and middle school students are bussed together. With a three-tiered bus system, routes for middle school students will begin after high school students are already in class.
Ensures greater daylight for younger students
Under the three-tiered system, high school students will start and end the day earlier, while younger students will begin later. This ensures the most daylight for elementary students who wait at bus stops. The earlier dismissal time for high school students will ensure that they still reach after-school jobs or other activities sooner.
Shortens route duration
Currently, students who have the longest routes ride the bus for approximately one hour. Under the three-tiered system, the longest routes will be reduced to an estimated 45-50 minutes.
The three-tiered system will save $700,000 because it will require fewer routes, which will reduce costs associated with drivers’ salaries, fuel, buses, and operational costs. It will reduce the number of bus routes from 122 to 94. To continue the two-tiered system, the district would have to spend an additional $1.7 million in new money which would be detrimental to the $623,463 transportation budget deficit.
The three-tiered system will provide a centralized approach to transporting students to kindergarten academies and Choice programs, and it will allow the district to utilize fewer buses. Under the two-tiered system, the district would have to discontinue Choice and students would be required to attend their “home” school as determined by boundary lines.
It’s important to note that the district is committed to evaluating student performance scores to ensure the time change doesn’t negatively impact achievement. Our students are always our top priority.
Note: Riding the school bus is a privilege. This privilege may be temporarily denied or permanently revoked if the misconduct of the child jeopardizes the safe operation of the school bus or the safety of the children riding the bus. Students are expected to follow the same behavior standards while riding school buses as are expected on school property or at school activities, functions or events.