Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/29/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 9. Report with Possible FY21 Action Regarding Optimizing Student Transportation
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 4.04 - Student Transportation Services
Attachments: 1. Specialty School Matrix 2019
2. Optimizing Transportation Details
3. Optimizing Student Transportation PPT
File Attachment:
Specialty School Matrix2019.pdf
Optimizing Student TransportationV2.pdf
Rethinking TransportationAUGUST2019BDITEMFINALv2.pdf
Background: Milwaukee Public Schools provides transportation services to approximately 54,000 students annually for district, suburban, and private school students who live in the city of Milwaukee or if they participate in specialty programs such as Chapter 220, Homeless Education, or Foster Placement Network Programs in surrounding municipalities. The district also provides services for a variety of district-sponsored programs such as Head Start, GED, Interscholastic Athletics, the Community Assessment and Training Program (CATP), Learning Journeys, and Special Olympics.

Chapter 121.54 of the Wisconsin Statutes spells out the provisions under which the school board of each district shall provide for the transportation of pupils, including establishment, administration, and scheduling of school bus routes. MPS Administrative Policy 4.04 further states that the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Transportation Services is to provide safe, adequate, efficient, and economical service to all eligible Milwaukee-resident students.

The Administration is exploring possible transportation modifications for FY21 that optimize a Regional Transportation System that supports bus utilization to maximize efficiency. The Administration has put together a transportation restructure alternative that includes several limited service reductions scenarios to support its implementation, for consideration. These scenarios vary in scope, and range from adjusting service types and models maintaining existing transportation eligibility to also consider rethinking administrative policy to mitigate high-distance, low-utilization transportation:

1) Pupil Transportation Service’s long-term restructure plan to consider moving towards a three-tier school bell schedule

2) Reevaluate neighborhood and citywide specialty school transportation status and revise select school(s) transportation policy after identified.

3) Combine transportation for K-12 or 6-12 school sites.

4) Revise transportation region for traditional middle schools to a seven-mile zone.

5) Revise service type for any transportation-eligible high school student over seven miles from their enrolled school to county bus.

6) Revise all district neighborhood specialty school's transportation region to mirror a Montessori’s region at five-mile zone.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer