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Board rejects latest bus loop plan

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Education: It’s back to the drawing board

By Whitney Jones

In an 11th-hour vote Tuesday night, the Los Alamos Public School Board rejected a proposal for a new bus loop.

After at least three design revisions, the committee charged with coming up with the proposal, formally presented a new bus loop design to the board during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The bus loop committee selected the plan after reviewing and scoring at least nine different options including those that would unload students behind the school, along Diamond Drive and Canyon Road.

School District Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the option presented best fit the needs of the high school because it separates the bus drop off from the parent drop off.

In its decision, the committee took into consideration the impact to traffic along Diamond Drive, safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on surrounding roads, and the desire to preserve green space at the entrance.

A one-directional traffic pattern, improved safety for students crossing bus lanes and minimal change to the current system also shaped the bus loop committee’s decision.

The committee is made up of students, staff and community members.

Board Vice President Dawn Venhaus that some committee members may have felt that other options may have been safer but the plan being presented received the highest score.


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