-- — The procedures for car riders at Batesville Intermediate School and Batesville Middle School will be significantly changed this year, reports Ed Krause, Batesville Community School Corp. transportation and safety director.
At BIS, parents will no longer be able to access the BIS student drop-off or pickup area from Columbus Avenue. Instead, they will enter the west BIS parking lot via Fifth Street from West Pearl Street. After entering the parking lot, they will bear to their right and make drop-offs or pickups along the sidewalk on the right. They will then continue counterclockwise around the parking lot and exit onto either Fifth Street or County Line Road to return to West Pearl Street.
At BMS the only change for car riders will occur in the morning. With the conclusion of the BIS construction project, some modifications were made to the rear parking lot at BMS that will finally allow student drop-off to be moved away from Mulberry Street. “This change should prove much safer for our students, parents and staff,” Krause notes.
Parents will need to turn north off of West Pearl Street onto First Street, the road that runs along the west side of the old BMS gym. A new sidewalk has been installed alongside the old gym leading up to the BMS entrance by the band room (Door D). Students may be dropped off along the edge of the new sidewalk on the right side – not in the middle of the street. Vehicles will then turn the corner and proceed to Second Street (by Meyers Funeral Home), turn left and return to West Pearl Street. Students will not be permitted to enter BMS through the main entrance on Mulberry Street until after 8:05 a.m.
Afternoon dismissal for BMS car riders will be conducted the same as last year, with parents being permitted into the main driveway from Columbus Avenue after the buses have departed. Detailed instructions, including diagrams, are available at both schools.
Student on three bus routes may notice new faces behind the wheels next week. Dennis Larkins will be the new driver on Route 3. He lives in Sunman and recently retired from a career with the U.S. Postal Service in Cincinnati. Larkins completed his school bus training last year and served as a substitute driver during the second semester.
On Route 21, Bob Bane will be taking over the driving duties from Rita Fledderman, who retired last spring. He had been a substitute school bus driver since 2002 before taking a full-time driving position on a special needs route last year.
Thais Cook will assume the duties held by Bane last year on Route 19, one of two corporation special needs routes. She has been the driver on Route 3 for the past six years.
Each route will provide home to school and back bus service to Batesville High School, Batesville Middle School, Batesville Intermediate School, Batesville Primary School and St. Louis School. Bus numbers coincide with route numbers.
Families are advised to carefully read the route descriptions to determine which bus their children should ride. The driver’s name and home telephone number is at the end of each route description.
Sixteen contracted school bus routes feed into the schools from residences outside of Batesville:
ROUTE 2 begins on 1250N at SR 229 and services residences on 1250N, 1200N, SR 229, 100W, 1050N, 100E, 50E, the Timbers, and picks up students bound for BIS and BMS who board the bus at St. Louis School. Driver: Rhonda McQueen, 765-698-2407.
ROUTE 3 begins on 1300N at 50W and services residences on 1300N, 200W, 250W, 1150N, 225W, 1050N, 200W, 1200N, 100W, 50W, 1400N, South Mulberry Street, Volz Street, South Park Avenue, and picks up students bound for BIS and BMS who board the bus at SLS.
Driver: Dennis Larkins, 812-623-0841.
ROUTE 4 begins at Mid Road and Underpass Road and services residences on Underpass Road, 1400N, 50W, Delaware Road north of 1300N, Pohlman Street, South Park Avenue, Legion Street, Bates Street, South Park Acres and picks up students bound for bound for BIS and BMS who board the bus at SLS. Driver: Dan Hooten, 812-932-0193.
ROUTE 5 begins on Pocket Road South at SR 46 and services residences on Pocket Road South, Last Road, Franklin-Decatur County Line Road, Mid Road, Underpass Road, Westbrook Drive, Hunters Lane, Woodlawn Drive and Huntersville Road. Driver: David Runyon, 765-698-3815.
ROUTE 7 begins on Enochsburg Road at N. Hamburg Road and services residences on Wissel Road, Ziegler Road, Enochsburg Road, Bessler Road, Three Mile Road, Vote Road and Hamburg Road; Oldenburg streets of Averdick, Sycamore (SR229), Water and Pearl, plus the Werner addition.
Driver: Debbie Westerfeld, 933-1424
ROUTE 8 services residences on Huntersville Road, Pocket Road, Frontage Road, Enochsburg Road (to Suttman Road), Decatur-Franklin County Line Road, Straw Road, Haskamp Road, West Hamburg Road (Fork Road) and North Hamburg Road to the corporation line. Driver: George Litzinger, 934-2096.
ROUTE 9 services residences on Bullfork Road, Hamburg Road, N. Hamburg Road, Ferkinhoff Road, Senft Road, Shady Road and SR 229 between Oldenburg and Batesville. Driver: Gary Litzinger, 212-0685.
ROUTE 10 begins on Rail Fence Road at Hilltop Road and services residences on; Hilltop Road, Rail Fence Road, Stockpile Road, Haverkos Road, Hamburg Road, Huntersville Road, Pocket Road, and SR 229 between Pocket Road and Batesville. Driver: Julie Litzinger, 934-2096.
ROUTE 11 services residences on Harvey’s Branch Road, Forest Road, Lamping Road, Joe Road, SR 229 between Lamping Road and Oldenburg, Tony Road from SR229 to Pipe Creek bridge plus the following streets in Oldenburg; Vine, Washington (north of SR 229), Pearl and Sycamore. Driver: Eddie Obermeyer, 934-3417.
ROUTE 12 services residences on Harvey’s Branch Road north of Lamping Road. Also, Abshear Road, Beacon Road, Whistle Creek Road, Peters Road, Walnut Fork Road east of SR229 from Peppertown, SR229 from the north corporation line to Lamping Road, Sawmill Road from Oldenburg to Shrine Road, Shrine Road from Sawmill Road to Pocket Road, Pocket Road between Shrine Road and SR229, including Rock Creek and Pines subdivisions. Driver: Rick Flodder, 934-4605.
ROUTE 13 begins at St. Mary’s Road and Pipe Creek Road. It services residences along Pipe Creek Road, Walnut Fork Road and Hickory Road. Route 13 also makes stops in Quail Meadows subdivision along Pheasant Run Drive, Bobwhite Boulevard and Whippoorwill Drive. Driver: David McQueen, 765-698-2407.
ROUTE 14 services residences on Sunman Road, Pine Road, St. Mary’s Road, Simmermeyer Road, Moorman Road, Tony Road (to Pipe Creek bridge) and Heppner Road. In Oldenburg: Werner Addition and Water Street. Driver: Gerri Schwegman, 812-623-3923.
ROUTE 15 services residences on Russell Road and on St. Mary’s Road from Pipe Creek Road to Sunman Road, Pine Road west of Sunman Road, Lovers Road, Sawmill Road, Pony Farm/County Line Road, CR 1600N, Morris Road, Loop Road and Conservation Club Road. Driver: Angie Shane, 934-6079.
ROUTE 16 services SR 46 east of Morris, CR 600E, CR 1500N (Lammers Pike) between 600E and Merkel Road, Merkel Road, Pony Farm Road, Sawmill Road, Shrine Road (south of Pocket Road), Six Pine Ranch Road and the following streets in Quail Meadows subdivision: Meadowlark Lane and the eastern portion of Pheasant Run Drive. Driver: Linda Gutzwiller, 934-4804.
ROUTE 17 services residences on 1400N, 500E, 1200N, 400E, 1300N, 450E, Morris, 525E at SR 46 and 475E at SR 46. Driver: Norman Gutzwiller, 934-4804.
ROUTE 23 provides service to residences on Delaware Road south of 1300N, 1300N, 1250N, 200E, 1150N (except Four Seasons subdivision residents, who ride Bus 22), 1100N, Legion Road, and Bischoff Road. Driver: Art Salvitti, 934-2799.
In addition to the 16 contracted routes, there are nine bus routes that are operated with school corporation buses and corporation-employed drivers. These routes primarily cover the streets in or near Batesville and Morris.
ROUTE 1 provides service to residences in the area of Western Avenue, Myrtle Street, Albers Street, Depot Street south of Pearl Street, Eastern Avenue south of Pearl Street, Herman Street, South Street, Beech Grove Avenue and Alvina Street. Driver: Cindy Long, 934-5113.
ROUTE 6 provides service to Tekulve Road east of SR 46, including Village in the Woods apartments, Township Line Road including Pine Grove Addition, Hoosier Heights subdivision and the YMCA. Driver: Dan Westerfeld, 934-2379.
ROUTE 18 services residences on SR 46 West, South County Line Road, Arbor Lakes Estates, Columbus Avenue from SR 46 to Huntersville Road, plus Lake of the Woods Estates and Valley Drive (Hunters Glen). Driver: Larry Bergman, 934-4103.
ROUTE 20 provides service to residences in the areas of Tekulve Road between SR 46 and Eastern Avenue, Boehringer Street, Fitch Avenue, John Street, Western Avenue, Eastern Avenue, Country Club Drive, Depot Street (north of Pearl Street), Hillenbrand Avenue, North Park Avenue, South Street, Catherine Street and Indiana Avenue. Driver: Kim Powell, 933-1013.
ROUTE 21 provides service to North Main Street and the area of town west of Main Street; including Mitchell Avenue, Columbus Avenue, Elm Street, West Pearl Street, Smith Street and Hillcrest Avenue. This route also services residences along Arlington Drive, including Canterbury Apartments, from SR 229 north to Pocket Road. Driver: Bob Bane, 765-647-5377.
ROUTE 22 provides service to Hillindale Commons: on Winding Way, White Oak, Red Maple, Callery Pear, and Oakmont; on White Oak at Red Oak and Hawthorne. It also covers SR 129 from Coonhunters Road south to CR 1150N and Four Seasons subdivision. Driver: Ann Lecher, 934-4312.
ROUTE 24 provides service to residences on Lammers Pike, Dirks Road, Village Road, 450E (aka Merkel Road) between Lammers Pike and SR 46, and makes the following stops in Morris; Washington Street, Hardebeck apartments, Church Road, and Mill Street. It also covers SR 46 between Morris and SR 229 and Hillcrest Estates subdivision. Driver: Deb Crain, 812-527-2447.
ROUTE 25 serves Locust Avenue and Huntersville Road between SR 46 and Lynnhaven Drive, Cedar Lane, Hoene Avenue, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and Sycamore Streets, as well as West Pearl Street west of Mulberry Street. Bus 25 also serves residences on South Mulberry from West Pearl Street to SR 229 (South Main), Central Avenue from South Park Avenue to SR 229 and South Main Street from Mulberry Street to Maplewood. Driver: Diana Hackworth, 934-6091.
ROUTE 26 serves residences along SR 129 from Gillman’s Home Center to Coonhunters Road and all homes on Coonhunters Road from SR129 to SR46. It also covers Prairie Avenue and Central Avenue from Prairie to South Park Avenue. Driver: Jay Pfeiffer, 933-0332.
In addition, the corporation operates two bus routes, 19 and 19-A, for students with special needs. These routes serve the entire school district; therefore, individual route descriptions are not listed. Drivers for these routes are Thais Cook, 934-5376, and Dave Westerfeld, 934-2966, respectively.