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District 211 Bus Driver Recognized for Life-Saving Actions

Township High School District 211 Bus Driver Ken Feeley knows the students on his route. For the past year-and-a-half, he has driven students with special needs to school. Each morning is generally routine. He drives the same route, he greets students as they get on the bus, and he watches as parents say goodbye to their children as they are picked up for school. One January morning something was different. Trusting his instinct, Feeley requested a police well-being check at a student’s house that ultimately led to an emergency response to a life-threatening situation. If not for Feeley’s familiarity with the students on his bus route, the ...

District 211 School Bus Safety Reminders for the Community as Winter Approaches

As winter weather approaches, driving conditions start to get a little more difficult. Adequate vision can be impaired during a snowstorm, and roads can get icy. That is why it’s important to remember rules of the road while driving near school buses. During National School Bus Safety Week last month, schools all over the country celebrated school bus safety procedures and practices, as well as looked at where there is room for improvement within the community. “The biggest concern we have as school bus drivers and in the industry as a whole is stop arm violations,” said Raymond Gawron, director of Transportation and Driver Education ...

District 211 Transportation: The Benefits, High Safety Standards of an In-house Bus Fleet

For High School District 211, providing transportation to all students isn’t a simple task. With a student population of more than 12,500, having an in-house transportation program helps the District oversee operations and ensure safe travel. These measures start from day one during a driver’s training, and continue on through daily routines. Safety, the ability to hire qualified drivers, and overseeing training of each driver are some of the few benefits to having a transportation fleet that is entirely run by the District. Many school districts contract their transportation system, which has the ability to leave schools with a slight ...

District 211 School Fees Remain Consistent for Seven Years Straight

In an effort to help families with educational costs, District 211’s Board of Education approved motions to not raise standard school fees. These fees have been consistent for the past seven years.   The six fees the Board approved at its January 17, 2013 meeting included: Transportation, Driver’s Education, Student Parking, Textbook and Instructional Supply, School Breakfast and Lunch, and Summer School. The only fee to see a slight increase since 2007-2008 is the school breakfast and lunch fee, but the cost for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will remain the same.   “In recognition of the economic realities in our commun...