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School board mulls new Bus Loop plan

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LAPS: Officials try to beat the clock to enhance student safety

By Whitney Jones

The Los Alamos Public School Board of Directors considered a new bus loop proposal Thursday evening after several other proposals had been rejected throughout the last year – but the proposal, which will be voted on at the July school board meeting, may come too late as there’s little time to undertake the project before the start on the new school year Aug. 13.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt said it’s the third such attempt to reach a happy medium.

In May, the board rejected what was thought to be a final plan stating there were too many uncertainties with the proposal. The board also rejected a bus loop proposal last year.

“We asked them to bring us a rock, they brought us a rock, but it wasn’t the right rock,” Board President Kevin Honnell said.

The latest plan includes building an L-Shaped loop through the Duane Smith parking lot and separate areas from parking. But the board wants to make sure parents aren’t dropping their children off at the same time that the buses are.

“Parents are the safety problem,” bus loop committee member and former board member Jody Benson said.
Board member Melanie McKinley said the current system allows for students, cars and buses to all cross into each other’s paths.