Newton By The Numbers
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The Newton Community School District covers 195 square miles, which includes the communities of Kellogg, Lambs Grove, and Newton.
Our school buses travel over 400,000 miles annually, transporting 1500 students to and from school each day. We have 34 yellow buses and 27 support vehicles.
Our staff consists of a transportation supervisor, a secretary, two mechanics, 26 regular bus drivers and 15 substitute drivers.
We have 21 morning and afternoon routes, and 5 special needs routes.
We take great pride in assuring students a safe and reliable ride to and from school and school events.
The pick-up time is the time the bus will leave from that stop in order to maintain the correct schedule for the rest of the route. Please make sure that your child is at the stop at least 5 minutes before that pick-up time.
If a student was eligible for busing they were assigned to a bus automatically. If your child doesn’t need busing please give us a call and we can easily inactivate them.
Newton CSD Transportation Department at 641-792-4493.
Some buses will be picking up/dropping off more then one time at the same stop. Example: a BMS student may be picked up by the same bus at the same stop but at a slightly earlier time then a sibling going to the high school. This is due to the volume of students that can safely be seated on the bus at any one time.
As a reminder there is no longer a transfer point at the high school. When a student boards the bus that bus will take them to the school they will be attending.
Not all buses will be going to all schools. It is very important that the student board and ride the bus they are assigned to ride.
There will be bus passes allowed for a student to bring a guest home. The pass will be issued based on available seating on the bus. The busing department needs the parents of the guest to call and give permission for that student to ride.
As in years past, the drivers will be contacting the parents/guardians of students over the summer before school starts to confirm that the student will need transportation and to deliver the busing rules and regulations. Some drivers may wait until the first day of school to give the students their information packet. Check with your student for these packets if you have not previously received one this school year. Please fill out the top sheet and return to the driver or bus garage as soon as possible.
There have been several changes to the busing system around Berg Middle School due to the new construction. This will include a change in the pick-up and drop-off procedures for school buses and parents. The middle school will be the first stop for district bus transportation in the morning and all buses will begin afternoon pick-up at Berg Middle School.
School buses will pick-up and drop-off in the front drive, off 5th Avenue,
outside of the offices on the south side of the building.
During the morning time of 7:15 – 8:00 AM and the afternoon time of 2:30 – 3:30 PM, non-school vehicles will be prohibited from using the 5th Avenue turnaround in the front of the school.
The early morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will restrict parent traffic in the front of the school on 5th Ave.
All 5th and 6th grade parent car traffic will be diverted to the rear of the school. The entrance off 19th Street will become the parent drop-off and pick-up for 5th and 6th grade. The 7th and 8th grade drop off will remain on the east end of the building as it has been the last couple years. This is designed to provide less bus congestion in the rear of the school where construction vehicles may be entering the construction site and less parent vehicle congestion on 5th Ave from the front entrance to 19th Street. In addition, all buses can assemble in the front drive at the end of the school day. This assembly of buses is not possible in the space available behind the middle school.
Parent vehicle traffic may use the front entrance from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM so they have access to the front offices.
We apologize for the inconvenience but believe this will provide the greatest safety for the students.
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Whether you’re raising a family, starting a business or building a home — you’ll want to get to know Newton. Our community vision statement is “Newton Shines Bright: Newton is a progressive, family friendly community, a shining star of Central Iowa, and a place to call home.”