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Busing issue resolved for Shutesbury students



Staff Writer
Monday, November 14, 2022

SHUTESBURY — An ongoing issue with some secondary students from Shutesbury arriving late to the Amherst Regional Middle and High schools is expected to be resolved with changes to morning routes beginning on Monday.

Superintendent Michael Morris sent a communication to families late last week outlining the morning-only changes that will affect students picked up at stops on Wendell, Cooleyville, Leverett, West Pelham and Pratt Corner roads on routes Bus 25R and Bus 29R, and the creation of a new route being called Bus 36R.

The schedule for Bus 25R had the first students being picked up at Locks Pond Road and Great Pines Drive at 8:20 a.m., getting to the middle school 40 minutes later, while the schedule for bus 29R had the first students being picked up on Montague Road at 8:31 a.m., arriving at the middle school 33 minutes later.

But those buses were late to school regularly, meaning that students were missing the beginning of some classes, which prompted a recent joint meeting between the Amherst-Pelham and Shutesbury school committees to address the matter.

Bus 25R will continue to pick up students on the section of Leverett Road to the west of West Pelham Road and on Pratt Corner Road. Pickup times will be about 15 minutes earlier than in the past. Other students formerly on this route will take Bus 36R.

Bus 29R will continue to pick up students on Montague Road at the same time. Other students formerly on this route, including those who live on West Pelham Road, will take Bus 36R.

Bus 36R is to pick up students formerly on Bus 25R on Wendell Road from Locks Pond Road to the center of town, as well as students on Cooleyville Road and on the section of Leverett Road up to West Pelham Road. That new route will also pick up students formerly on Bus 29R living on West Pelham Road between Leverett Road and Baker Road.

Afternoon routes are unchanged, with transfers to another bus still taking place on two of the routes during a stop at Shutesbury Elementary School.