Because of ongoing issues dealing with road conditions in subdivisions, South Putnam Community School Corp. Supt. Bruce Bernhardt offered a new transportation policy to the school board Monday.
The policy will be up for adoption at the board's May meeting, so action was taken regarding the policy at the April session.
Bernhardt said corporation bus drivers have had problems in the past dealing with road conditions near subdivisions. He said, according to some of the corporation bus drivers, some of those roads have not been maintained during inclement weather.
He said the purpose of putting together a new policy was to "give us one central point of contact," referring to a representative of a home owner's association.
"Most of the time, it's not a problem," Bernhardt said. "But when it is, we have to have a procedure in place."
The new policy states that SPCSC buses will enter a privately owned road into a subdivision only if the property is represented by a homeowners's association.
It also points to eight items of concern, including:
SPCSC's director of transportation is Chuck Shafer.
Meanwhile, Bernhardt told the board members and those in attendance Monday that the corporation would continue to monitor security at each of its school buildings following Monday's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University where 33 people were killed.
"Our hearts really pour out for those kids," Bernhardt said. "We just wish them the very best.
"I don't think you can look at your security measures too much. We'll continue, on a local level, to look at our security measures."
Board member Howard Bowen was not at Monday's meeting.
In other news, the board:
The board meets regularly on the third Monday of each month in the Central Elementary School music room. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 21.