Haverhill Schools Seek to Avoid Repeat of Last Year’s Bus Problems, Form Working Group

Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Superintendent Margaret Marotta rode a Bradford Elementary school bus Sept. 5, 2019. (Courtesy photograph.)

The issue has been worked out since last August but Haverhill Public Schools had a number of problems in the area of school busing when classes opened for the 2019-2020 school year.

Because school officials do not want to see a repeat of the situation next year, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Pfifferling last week proposed the formation of a Transportation Working Group to identify and find solutions for potential problems before the end of the upcoming summer vacation.

Pfifferling suggested the group be composed of teachers, school principals, students, parents as well a couple of School Committee members. He recommended the group should meet six times before school bells ring next year.

Last year, the problems—which included at least one bus arriving nearly an hour late and several students waiting for nearly a half-hour for their ride to show up—were primarily the result of a new bus provider, North Reading Transportation, and its lack of familiarity with the city. Because of those delays, some students were unable to take part in the free breakfast program before beginning their classes.

School Committee members agreed the Transportation Working Group is a good idea and Superintendent Margaret Marotta said she would begin the process of recruiting potential members.

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