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New bus stops, routes in wake of Lincoln closure in Dixon

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Because of the closure of Lincoln Elementary School, four bus stops will be added in the Dixon School District.

They are:

• Sixth Street, west of Lincoln Avenue, south of Lincoln School

• Sixth Street and Nachusa Avenue

• Custer Avenue between First and Third streets at Reynolds Field

• First Street and Van Buren Avenue

The school district came up with the new bus stops and routes in conjunction with Illinois Central School Bus.

“We looked at alternate locations, and we cut down on the distance students had to walk,” said David Blackburn, the district’s business manager. “There will be a lot of students walking shorter distances than they did before.”

The students who will use the stops are the ones who would have walked to Lincoln.

“These students will now go to whatever grade-level school they attend,” Blackburn said.

Vanessa Buckingham, who has two students in the school district, is concerned.

“Who will be supervising the kids?” Buckingham said. “There will not be supervision at the bus stops.”

That’s true, Blackburn said.

“We don’t plan on sending any district workers to the locations,” he said. “There were no staff at the stops previously.”

Some kinks might need to be worked out early on, Blackburn said, but the added stops will help students.

“I think this will work out and, hopefully, we get off to a smooth start,” he said. “Things will only get better over time.”

Buckingham agreed that the added bus stops would get students to school a little quicker.

Hers will use the Sixth Street bus stop west of Lincoln School.

“The kids will be closer their school, now that it is in the backyard of Lincoln School,” she said.

Assignments and times will be shared at registration.

Call 815-284-8600 for more information.

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