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Parking lot issues FYI and new middle school AM bus service begins January 17

Dear Northville School Families, Staff and Community Members,

The purpose of this communication is twofold:

  • The first is to update you on issues that arose at some of our school buildings this morning in clearing parking lots in time for staff and student arrival.
  • The second is to remind families that new morning consolidated bus pick-up services for middle school students will get underway beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The updated bus routes have been posted on the district Transportation

School Building Parking Lot Clearing Issues

This morning, the decision was made at approximately 4:30 a.m. to open school, as scheduled.  The decision was based on snow accumulation at that time, and existing and forecasted weather conditions for the duration of the morning.  At that time, the snow had transitioned to a wintry mix in most areas of the district, with a projected warming of temperatures throughout the morning.  Subsequently, however, the intensity of the snowfall increased, making it challenging to clear some school parking lots for staff and student arrival, particularly at Northville High School and Ridge Wood Elementary School. 

  • At Northville High School, our Operations crew began applying a heavy layer of salt at about 4:00 a.m. to treat the light coating of snow at the time, as it was determined that there would not be sufficient time to plow the high school lots prior to students arriving. Later in the morning, but prior to student arrival, the snowfall increased, reducing the effectiveness of the salt that was applied. 
  • Additionally, Operations staff reported early road conditions slowed the travel time between school buildings for our plow trucks. While most buildings were cleared prior to student arrival, the Ridge Wood Elementary School parking lot was not. 

We apologize for any inconvenience, and recognize that this created a difficult situation for parents and students accessing our parking lots. To improve future service, we are reviewing our snow plowing building assignments, and improving communications between drivers assigned to specific school buildings. Going forward, Operations staff completing work at their assigned school buildings will be alerted to assist other snow plowing crews at buildings where the lots are not yet been cleared. We also will use additional contracted snow plowing services, when necessary, to assist our regular staff when the time available for snow removal is compressed, as was the case this morning.

New middle school morning consolidated bus pick-up service begins Tuesday January 17, 2017

Updated bus routes adding morning pick-up for the district’s middle school students at consolidated bus stops in neighborhoods and subdivisions are now available on the district website at Updated Bus Routes. Improvements to elementary and high school transportation services also have been noted on the website including which buses shuttle students to and from Amerman Elementary School and the assigned slot numbers individual buses park in for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up at Northville High School.

Approved by the Northville Public Schools Board of Education in December, the new middle school transportation services – impacting Hillside and Mead Mill middle school students and families – will be effective beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, 2017, is a day off from school for Northville students and a work day for teachers, administrators and staff.)

With the addition of neighborhood and subdivision stops on January 17th, the middle school morning satellite stops will be eliminated. Bus routes and stop locations for the new morning consolidated service are similar to the current after school consolidated middle school routes, with minor changes in the number of bus stops, the location of some stops, and student pick-up and drop-off times. For your convenience, bus stops have been placed at designated times at several of the elementary schools that previously served as middle school satellite stops, including Silver Springs, Ridge Wood, Moraine and Thornton Creek elementary schools. Stops also have been added on some routes to address parent and community concerns. Please note, the Northville High School satellite program for both morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off remains unchanged.

The school district first made the move to satellite and consolidated transportation services for middle and high school students in April 2010 as one of several cost-cutting measures taken by the district at the time in response to severe cuts in state funding. The decision by the Board and district administrators to revisit middle school morning transportation services this year came in response to ongoing concerns raised by middle school families. While the Board first began considering the change earlier in the school year, action was delayed until the Six Mile Road construction project between Northville and Haggerty roads was completed.

For transportation and bus route questions please contact Cari Dupree, Safety Supervisor for Durham School Services at dupreeca@northvilleschools.org or visit the Transportation webpage.