The district currently runs an early bus that extends a route to La Jara Elementry, picking up students at 3:40pm, and transfers student riders to the CHS/CMS/NCSD District Office complex. Attempts to clarify the reasoning for the practice are unclear, with respect to the original purpose. However, after much discussion with the NCSD Board of Education, the board voted to end the practice effective at the end of this 2017-18 school year. The following are some of the reasons and factors contributing to the decision:
*Releasing students each day for the time necessary to prepare students and access the bus eliminates twenty-five minutes of instructional time for student passengers each day. This absence from teaching/learning time, results in a yearly loss of sixty hours of direct instructional time, crutial to the academic growth of children. As research clearly indicates, direct instructional time is one of two factors directly affecting student achievement.
*The route requires drivers, usually an employee of the NCSD, and requires adjustment to a driver's current teaching schedule. This increases the complexity and difficulty of allowing student access to necessary and optional classes.
*The service has not been and is not offered to Manassa Elementary and the Manassa community. Moreover, it is not possible to add an additional route, including the cost of driver and mileage, to provide services nor to introduce the severe intrusion to instruction as witnessed at La Jara Elementary.
This early notification is to allow all people the opportunity to plan for the 2018-19 school year with respect to individual and family planning, and the logistics of travel to and from school.