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Activities bus plannned for Grand Lake students

Tonya Bina
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

GRAND LAKE – Grand Lake students may have access to an activities bus when the upcoming school year begins.

Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District board members voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to allocate $11,868 for a bus that would transport Grand Lake students home after Granby’s after-school and sports programs.

“Part of our charter is general recreation,” said Grand Lake Rec District board member John Gould.

But because Grand Lake Elementary School students will now be attending Granby because of school district budget decisions to close the Grand Lake school, the recreation district faced the challenge of supporting programs in Grand Lake. Students would be starting recreation programs too late in the evening by the time they got to Grand Lake, Gould said, and the district feared few would participate.

Since it wasn’t feasible to continue recreation program in Grand Lake, “I’m thrilled we’re giving parents and children the choice,” said Gould. The bus, he said, may alleviate parent trips to Granby and save parents fuel dollars in a struggling economy.

“I understand transportation,” Gould said. “I know what it’s like to drive in January when it’s 10 below.”

A parent of two children who participated in Grand Lake Recreation, Gould had the idea of a district-subsidized activities bus for children.

The district’s contribution to support the bus absorbs the total cost of mileage, payroll expenses and insurance for 146 days of transport, according to East Grand Schools Superintendent Nancy Karas.

The bus is also planned to service East Grand Middle School students who participate in after-school sports.

Upon the scheduled signing of an intergovernmental agreement between the school district and the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District, planned for Aug. 16, the bus will be authorized to transport students throughout the school year.

The bus is planned to pick up students at the Granby Elementary School at 6 p.m., then continue to the East Grand Middle School for a pick-up at 6:05 p.m.

The bus will then travel its regular Highway 34 route to Grand Lake, dropping off students at their regular bus stops along the way.

According to Granby Recreation Director Julie Martin, any of the district’s programs would work with the activity bus. For fall, programs include the after-school program and after-school homework help, youth basketball, youth volleyball, floor hockey club and youth indoor soccer. End times for those programs range from 5:30-5:55 p.m.. For programs that end early, Martin said, students could join the after-school program activities until the bus is ready to depart.

Middle school activities conducive to the bus include cheerleading, football, basketball and drama.

“I think it would really help out the people in that end of the community,” Martin said. “I have a feeling (the Granby rec department) will get more kids if transportation is available to them.”

Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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