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April 18, 2014

Caston considers Logan bus stop

School corp. may venture into 'uncharted territory'

FULTON — Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport.

The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring from Logansport into the Caston Schools, according to interim Superintendent Cindy Douglass.

Families of 35 students have transferred their children to be educated at Caston Schools for about the past two years, Douglass said, including some Caston staff members.

“Our district goes pretty far south and we wouldn’t have to go much further to go to a bus stop on the north end of Logansport to accommodate those families,” Douglass said.

The school board discussed possibly establishing a school bus stop on Ind. 25 somewhere, perhaps about 4 miles south of the school’s current southern boundary at 400 North.

“It would be uncharted territory for us,” Douglass said.

The district has accepted students living outside of the district’s boundaries since the fall of 2010. However, it has never sent a bus outside the district, Douglass said.

Those families who might use the bus were sent a letter early this week asking for their input.

“We don’t want to establish it and find out only five of the kids are going to ride the bus,” Douglass explained.

But “if we do feel like we would have sufficient usage … we’re willing to do that,” she said.

Douglass characterized the move as a gesture to help out those families who had already committed to Caston rather than as a move to attract more families.

She emphasized that it’s early on, too. A decision on whether, or where, to establish an out-of-district bus stop wouldn’t come until closer to the end of this school year, she said.

“We indicated [in the letter to parents] this would be a pilot project for our corporation,” she said. “We’ll establish this if we have sufficient interest and sufficient usage… we would evaluate it over a period of time, and then we’d make a decision on whether we could continue it on a more permanent basis.”

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