Transportation 

Supervisor

 

Harold Walker — harold.walker@canjo.org, 518-673-6348

 

Garage Attendants

 

Howard Bobar

James Moyer

 

Drivers

 

Brian Christman

Wayne Conbeer

Mark Darrow

Clark Davis

Joe Millington Sr.

Lynette Oare

Richard Rockwell

Jeff Ruszkowski

Meeka Wadsworth

Valentine Waner

Harold Walker

Ellen Welch

 

Monitors

 

Christine Kettler

Joanne Mount

 

Routes

 

All routing and school bus fleet assignments are subject to change as deemed necessary by the Transportation Coordinator

 

ROUTE #1 Mark Darrow (6:35) BUS #35 Train

A.M. RUN

State Hwy 5S east to State Hwy 162 – left on Currytown Road – turn around – left on State Hwy 162 – left on upper Rural Grove road – right on Brand Road - turn around – right on Logtown Road – turnaround – right on Rural Grove Road - right on State Hwy 162 – left on Darrow Road – right on Flanders Road – right on Flat Creek Road - left on State Hwy 162 - right on Moyer Road – turnaround - right on State Hwy 162 - right on Sprakers Hill Road – right on Monk Road – cross over & left on State Hwy 5S west – left on Sprakers Road – left on Sprakers Hill Road – left on State Hwy 5S west – cross over to Sprakers Road – right on Cunningham Road - left on State Hwy 5S west - High School - East Hill.

7:50 A.M. BOCES RUN - From High School - to BOCES - to Canajoharie.

10:50 A.M. BOCES RUN - From High School - to BOCES - to High School.

1:30 P.M. BOCES RUN - High School – to BOCES - back to Canajoharie High School

P.M. RUN

East Hill - High School – Maple Ave drop off - East on State Hwy 5S to Sprakers to Rural Grove.

 

ROUTE #2 Jamie Moyer (6:18) BUS #39 (Wheelchair) Truck

 

A.M. RUN

P/U various students & special needs students - East Lykers Road & Green Road, throughout the district-Brower Road-lower McKinley Rd-East Grand St – Mill St.

P.M. RUN

High School – East Hill – Reverse AM - same students home Amish Run

 

ROUTE #4 Ellen Welch (6:15) BUS #33 Hound Dog

 

A.M. RUN

State Hwy 5S to State Hwy 162 – right on Darrow Road – left on Columbia Road – right on Lynk Street – left on Goldman Road - right on East Lykers Road – left on Carlisle Road - left on Corbin Hill Road - right on East Corbin Hill Road - right on Carlburgh Road - turn around – right on East Corbin Hill Road – turnaround - right on Corbin Hill Road - left on Goldman Road – left on East Lykers Road - straight on West Lykers Road – turnaround - left on Carlisle Road – right on Flat Creek Road – turn around - right on Carlisle Road - to High School - East Hill.

P.M. RUN

East Hill - High School – Reverse of A.M.to Darrow Road –remainder from Darrow Road same as AM..

 

ROUTE #5 Harold Walker (6:45) BUS #1 Smile face

 

A.M. RUN

Carlisle Road to Old Sharon Road to Latimer Hill Road through Ames Village – start picking up on West Ames Road – right on White Road – turn around – right on West Ames Road – left on State Hwy 163 – turn around at Van Deusenville Road – left on Buel Road – turn around - left on State Hwy 163 - left on State Hwy 10 north- to corner Pleasant Place - to corner Upper Otsego Street – left on Otsego St – left on State Hwy 10 north - High School – East Hill.

P.M. RUN

East Hill - High School - Reverse regular A.M. run.

 

ROUTE #6 Lynette Oare (6:45) BUS #41 Bluebird

 

A.M. RUN

Carlisle Road to Old Sharon Road – right on Maple Hill Road – right on Old Sharon Road – right on Mapletown Road – left on Shunk Road – right on Latimer Hill Road – turn around –right on Johnson st – right on Button St – right on Maring Rd – left on Latimer Hill Rd - left on Old Sharon Road – right on State Hwy 10 north - right on McEwan Road – turn around - right on Frederick St - left on Seebers Lane – turn around - to Smith St – right on State Hwy 10 south - turn around – right on Otsego – right on Cliff St - High School - East Hill.

P.M. RUN

Same as AM run without West Hill & village route 10 stops.

 

ROUTE #7 Richard Rockwell (6:40) BUS #37 Horse

 

A.M. RUN

Carlisle Road – right on Blaine Road – left on Conway Road – Right on Carlisle Road - right on Mahr Road - right on Latimer Hill Road - left on Melick Road – left on West Lykers Road – left on Mahr Road - left on Latimer Hill Road - right on Edwardsen Road - turn around - right on Latimer Hill Road - on Old Sharon Road - left on Carlisle Road – right on Cunningham Road and Montgomery St - High School - East Hill

P.M. RUN

East Hill - Moyer Street - High School - reverse A.M. run.

 

ROUTE #8 Jeffrey Ruszkowski (6:30) BUS #49 Pine Tree

 

A.M. RUN

Carlisle Road – right on Old Sharon Road - - left on Mapletown Road - right on Becker Rd – turn around – right on Mapletown Road - right on Donato Road - turn around – right on Mapletown Road – left on Carlisle Road – right on Rappa Road – left on Route 162 – left on Hilltop Road - right on Carlisle Road - to High School - to East Hill – right on Maple Avenue - to Schultz Street (pick up Kdg. & 1st graders) - Montgomery St. Ext. & Barclay – to Cliff St - to Walnut Street - to Otsego Street - East Hill.

P.M. RUN

East Hill - High School - Repeat A.M. run. w/o West Hill

 

ROUTE #10 Brian Christman (6:45) BUS #45 Apple

 

A.M. RUN

Erie Blvd - Old Fort Plain Road - left on Happy Hollow Road - left on Heiser Road - right on Clinton Road – left on Marshville – turn around at Fredericks Street - left on Dygert Road - left on Clinton Road – right on Tanners Road – turnaround – left on Clinton Road - to Ridge Road – to Highland – left on Walnut - left on Cliff Street to Cardamone's - right on Erie Boulevard - High School - East Hill.

P.M. RUN

East Hill – High School - Repeat A.M. run.

 

ROUTE #11 Joseth Millington (6:50) BUS #44 Sailboat

 

A.M. RUN

State Hwy 5 east- left on McKinley Road –left on Caswell Road - right on Dillenbeck Road - left on Hickory Hill – right on Kahn Road - turn around - right on Hickory Hill Road - left on State Hwy 10 south - left on State Hwy 5 & 10 – right on State Hwy 10 south - High School – East Hill - Amish run to Blaine school

P.M. RUN

East Hill – High School- to State Hwy 10 north (Lafayette St) - right on Dillenbeck Road – left on Hickory Hill Road – right on Kahn Road – turn around – right on Hickory Hill Road – left on State Hwy 10 south

 

ROUTE #12 Wayne Conbeer (6:40) BUS #40 Rabbit

 

A.M. RUN

State Hwy 5 east - left on McKinley Road – right on Dillenbeck Road - right on Hickory Hill Road – left on Pavlus Road – turn around – left on Hickory Hill Road – right on Oswegatchie Road – left on Horning Road – turnaround – left on Oswegatchie Road - left on McKinley Road – left on Brower Road - left on McKinley Road – right on State Hwy 5 west – left on State Hwy 10 south - High School - East Hill.

P.M RUN

East Hill - High School - Reverse A.M. run

 

ROUTE #13 Howard Bobar (7:10) BUS # 50 Butterfly

 

A.M. RUN

State Hwy 5 west – right on State Hwy 10 - left on Groff Road - left on State Hwy 5 - pick up along State Hwy 5 (including Mary Street, Staley Road, Spring Street and Center Street)- High School - East Hill.

P.M. RUN

East Hill - High School - Reverse A.M. run

 

ROUTE #14 Bud Waner (3:00) BUS #48 (Wheelchair) Duck

 

P.M. RUN

East Hill - Transporting elementary students/ Middle School to west hill – High School – Transporting west hill students.

 

ROUTE #15 Clark Davis (6:35) BUS #34

 

A.M. RUN/P.M. RUN

P/U and transporting special needs students to various BOCES class sites throughout Fulton & Montgomery Counties

 

 

Canajoharie Central School District Transportation Handbook


Contact Directory


Mrs. Deborah Grimshaw, Superintendent of Schools - 518-673-6302; 518-867-6332

Ms. Rebecca Gleason, High School Principal - 518-673-6330
Mr. Chris DePaolo, Middle School Principal - 518-673-6320

Ms. Stacy Ward, Elementary School Principal - 518-673-6310

Mr. Harold Walker, Director of Transportation - 518-673-6348, 518-369-0025

 

Preface


Welcome to the Canajoharie Central School Department of Transportation. This Handbook has been prepared as a guide for district families, parents and students, as well as teachers, bus drivers and administrators to help promote the safety of our children.

 

The Canajoharie School District covers an area of 100 square miles. It is our mission to transport each of our children safely and efficiently each day. To accomplish this mission it is important that everyone works together.

 

Entrusted with the safety of every student we expect all students to behave appropriately and safely while riding on a school bus. We will not tolerate a student stopping a bus driver from doing their job or preventing other students from having safe transportation. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Serious or repeated misconduct will result in consequences for the misconduct using the District’s Code of Student Conduct and/or suspension of bus riding privileges. These actions are at the discretion of the student’s principal or the superintendent.

 

Eligibility/Scheduling/Routing

 

Bus routes are established under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools in cooperation with the district transportation supervisor.

 

Students residing within the Village limits of Canajoharie will be expected to walk to school unless otherwise specified in this policy. Students may travel to East Hill School in the morning by boarding the bus at West Hill School. Likewise, students may be transported from East Hill School to West Hill School at dismissal.

 

School bus stops shall be arranged by the transportation director taking into consideration the safety of all children on the bus and time factors. Guidelines for determining school bus stops shall include but not be limited to:

 

1) Transportation service will be provided to residents living outside the Village of Canajoharie limits.

 

2) Transportation will be provided on side roads that are maintained by town highway departments unless the lack of maintenance makes it unsafe for drivers and students to be traversing these roads. Examples of unsafe conditions are flooding, road erosion, ice, snow, mud, and lack of adequate turn around space. Turn arounds will be established only when adequate space is available and this space is properly maintained.

 

3) Transportation will not be provided on highways and private property that have not been dedicated and/or maintained by town, county, and/or state highway departments.

 

4) Generally, dead end and loop streets will not be serviced by school buses. Whenever possible, stops will be at the intersections of two streets.

 

5) An effort will be made to minimize crossing of the road by students.

 

6) Walking distances to pick up points may vary according to grade level. Generally, grade levels k-5 will not be required to walk distances in excess of one-half mile and grade levels 6-12 will not be required to walk distances in excess of one mile.

 

Each year, due to changing demographics, there may be a need for changes and adjustments in bus routes. Also, pick up and drop off times may change within the first few weeks of school, but as drivers establish their routes there should be few changes or delays throughout the year. Please let the office know if there are any changes regarding your child. If they are not riding the bus or are riding only in the afternoon or the morning we need to be notified. As always for student’s safety, drivers are not authorized to go by notes handed to them by the student regarding drop off at another address. All such notes should go to the main office of your child’s school, and the school will notify the transportation department.

 

Emergency Delays and Closings

 

When Canajoharie is forced to close schools or dismiss students early due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, that information is reported on the CCS website. Emergency closing information is also released to local TV and radio stations. Parents and staff should also receive a recorded voice message.

 

When Canajoharie schools are closed due to weather, all transportation is canceled including buses to schools outside of the district which may still be open.

 

For two hour delays, buses will be on the road two hours later than normal, e.g. if normal pickup is at 7:00 AM, be prepared for a 9:00 AM pickup. Please avoid calling the garage to ask this.

 

Board Responsibilities

 

It is the responsibility of the Board of Education to set policy regarding bus transportation for the District.

 

Superintendent’s Responsibilities

 

The responsibility for administering the transportation program rests with the Superintendent of Schools. The administration is expected to adhere to all applicable laws, regulations and policies established by federal, state and local authorities. This responsibility is, in part, delegated to the Supervisor of Transportation.

 

District’s/Department’s Responsibilities

 

Ensure the safe travel of all students by:

 

1) Responding to parental concerns and questions.

 

2) Maintaining a safe bus fleet by maintaining a more than an acceptable Department of Transportation passing rate.

 

3) Maintaining driver files according to NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and NYS Education Department criteria.

 

4) Administering proper driver and attendant training, reviews, examinations and tests required by NYS Education Department and NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

5) Maintaining a federally approved drug and alcohol testing program for all safety sensitive employees.

 

6) Conducting at least three safety drills per year as required by section 3623 of the Education Law.

 

7) Ensuring that students ride only in their assigned school buses and get off only at assigned bus stops, except when the district has approved alternative buses or arrangements.

 

Principals’ Responsibilities

 

1) To work with the Transportation Department in developing and maintaining schedules, as well as assisting with other problems related to the transportation of students.

 

2) To provide supervision for loading and unloading of school buses with the assistance of the school staff.

 

3) To support the bus driver in taking whatever disciplinary action is necessary in order to maintain good behavior on the bus. If the Principal suspends a student’s privilege of riding a school bus, the suspension shall be communicated, in writing, directly to the parent or guardian of the child, and to the Transportation Department. The suspension shall not become effective until proper notification has been made to the parent or guardian.

 

4) To notify the Transportation Department of new students who are eligible to ride the school bus.

 

5) To report to the Transportation Department all violations related to the safe operation of buses assigned to transport students.

 

6) To conduct bus drills as outlined under Title 8, Section 156.13 of the Education Law.

 

7) Building Principals, in concert with the Bus Drivers will assign seats to all eligible K-12 students as necessary.

 

Video surveillance cameras may be operating on school buses at any time. Students’ pictures and
conversations may be recorded. Surveillance tapes are considered confidential student records and, as such,
are for use by district staff and will not be released to third parties except as required by law.

 

Driver’s Responsibilities

 

1) Maintain authorized route.

 

2) Only stop at authorized stops.

 

3) Maintain a consistent schedule.

 

4) Be familiar with and practice safe driving practices.

 

5) Maintain order on the bus and report promptly serious violations to the school principal for action.

 

6) Assign seats and generate a seating chart.

 

7) Be responsible for keeping bus clean, inside & outside.

 

PERSONAL RESPECT CONCEPTS - The following personal conduct is expected of students:
Treat every person with respect and take responsibility for your own actions. Listen to the instructions of adults in charge. No pushing, no hitting, no threats, no name-calling, no profanity, no bullying, no cruel humor and no put-downs.

 

Student’s Responsibilities

 

1) Leave home early enough to arrive at your bus stop 5 minutes early.

 

2) Wait for your bus in a safe place – well off (15’) the roadway. Refrain from horseplay.

 

3) Enter the bus in an orderly manner (walk) and take your seat. Cross only in front of the bus after the driver signals.

 

4) Follow the instructions of your school bus driver. Do not be a distraction.

 

5) Remain in your seat while your bus is in motion.

 

6) Keep your head, hands and arms in the bus at all times. Do not open windows without your driver’s permission.

 

7) Keep aisles clear at all times. Only bring items that can be held in your lap or fit under the seat.

 

8) Remain quiet and orderly.

 

9) Be courteous to your bus driver and fellow passengers.

 

10) Be alert to traffic when leaving the bus. Do not wear anything with dangling strings that could get snagged. Only cross in front of your bus. Do not try to retrieve any dropped objects until your bus leaves.

 

11) Keep the bus clean. No eating or drinking on the bus. Smoking, chewing tobacco, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the bus or on school property at any time.

 

12) Report any problems to the Bus Driver and/or the Building Principal.

 

13) Emergency equipment and exits are only to be used when appropriate.

 

14) Students or parents may be asked to pay for any damages/vandalism deliberately inflicted to the bus by students.

 

The District (driver) is not responsible for the conduct of students before they enter or after they exit the bus.

 

Parent’s Responsibilities

 

1) To assist the school by:

a. Insisting that students are at their bus stop 5 minutes prior to scheduled arrival.

b. Encouraging student cooperation with school officials and the bus driver.

c. Encouragement of compliance with bus safety rules and regulations.

 

2) To accompany young students to the bus in the morning and to meet them in the afternoon for the purpose of supervising their conduct and assisting in the establishment of desirable safety practices.

 

3) To report to the principal of the school any injury or accident that has involved their students on the bus and to also notify the Transportation Office. This report should include the bus number, route number, place of accident or injury, and the bus driver’s name.

 

4) To report to the Transportation Office any moving violation of a bus driver giving bus number, route number, time and nature of violation.

 

5) To report to the Transportation Office any defective equipment observed on a bus such as faulty lights, mufflers, brakes, signals, etc., giving the bus number and nature of defect.

 

6) Call the Transportation Office if your child will not be riding especially where your child(ren) are the only one(s) on your road.

 

7) Stay clear of bus blind spots (closer than 15’) at bus stops as well as around school buildings.

 

8) Avoid letting you child bring large objects on the bus.

 

9) Please note the following regarding after school drop offs for students in Kindergarten and First grade. An approved parent or adult (18 or older) needs to meet the bus to take your child off the bus. If no adult is present, the driver will keep the student on bus while dispatch attempts to contact a parent. If no contact with a parent is made, the child will be returned to the school at the end of the run where the parent will be required to pick up their child.

 

10) Students or parents may be asked to pay for any damages/vandalism deliberately inflicted to the bus by students.