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ELC School Board: Superior stop best option

Minnesota family seeks transportation to ELC

September 20, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday night told a Minnesota parent that leaving her children at a bus stop in Superior was the best the district could offer at the present time.

Melinda Beekman, who lives with her husband and five children just a mile north of the Iowa border, asked the board to reconsider its earlier decision to not stop to pick up her children.

Superintendent Tara Paul said the board had earlier looked at two bus routes, neither of which worked. She said the board could choose to do nothing or put the matter on its agenda again for a decision. No decision could be made at Monday's meeting since it wasn't an agenda item.

Beekman pointed out that she had lived in Estherville for a couple years before moving just a mile north of the Iowa border.

Board president Jodie Greig pointed out that the challenge to the school board was keeping bus routes to under 60 minutes - a state law, board member Don Schiltz verified. That would make it very difficult to add another 18 or 24 minutes to one of the routes, said Greig.

And when Beekman asked about the district providing a van, Paul said the district didn't currently have another vehicle that could be sanctioned as a bus.

Beekman also asked what would happen if a family moved into Iowa. Greig said if that family lived within the district, the district would have to rework its route.

Paul also pointed out the issue of open enrollment across the state line. And when Beekman asked what if she met the bus at the state line, Paul said the district didn't have a stop there.

Schiltz pointed out that the district had its hand tied both with crossing the state line with a bus and the time element of the bus routes.

Greig then pointed out the option of the district's Superior bus stop.

"That's the best we can offer right now, is that Superior stop," said board member Kathy Cornwall.

Greig affirmed that the Superior stop was the best option the board could now offer.



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