Cloquet School Board wants meeting on busing issues


January 12, 2024

Jana Peterson

Buses line up outside Churchill Elementary School to drop off students on the first day of school this year.

A continuing shortage of bus drivers for routes in the Cloquet school district has provoked school board members to meet with its transportation company to find ways to ease the crunch.

The issue came up in the work session before the board's organizational meeting on Monday.

"Something's got to change," said member Ken Scarbrough.

Melissa Juntunen said there have been far too many instances of parents finding out that a route can't be filled, leaving them to their own devices in getting kids to school.

And the loss of a route through consolidation of bus routes has led to students not gett...

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