Montessori-St. Stephen’s bus up and rolling
About 50 Ross Montessori and St. Stephen’s Catholic School students will soon be riding a bus the schools are operating jointly to help transport far-flung students to their respective campuses. A smaller number of students at both schools began riding the bus Thursday. The unique partnership between the public Montessori school and the private Catholic school was announced in January. Carolyn Fisher, vice president of the Ross Montessori board of directors, said the partnership will be helpful to parents. The bus was on time Thursday, she said. “Hopefully, in the future, it will expand with the need,” she said. Mark Grice, Ross Montessori head-of-school, said the bus isn’t full yet, but he expects about 50 students to ride the bus every day. Ross Montessori’s relatively young, 72-seat, icy-conditions-equipped bus is the primary bus used in the partnership, with St. Stephen’s 1987-vintage 68-seater used as the backup bus. Operational costs are split evenly between the two schools. The partnership between the private parochial school and public charter school is perfectly legal as far as the state is concerned, said Brian Anderson, a state Department of Education charter school consultant.”There’s nothing that prohibits any type of shared transportation arrangement,” Anderson said. “It seems like a logical solution, actually.” St. Stephen’s Principal Tom Alby was excited about the new arrangement, saying that the bus should one day sport a sign on its side saying, “Ross Montessori and St. Stephen’s.”Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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