Saugatuck Public Schools transports nearly 400 students to and from school each day, and provides transportation for special needs students, extra curricular field trips and athletic events. This is accomplished with 6 buses, 1 mini van and a staff of six part-time to full-time certified drivers. Department supervision is provided through Central Office, with Transportation Director, Kim Sharda providing dispatch, routing, and day-to-day monitoring of all scheduled trips.
Saugatuck Public Schools and Hamilton Community Schools have partnered together to reduce maintenance costs for transportation through shared services. This partnership allows Saugatuck to reduce its labor costs, improve our routing capabilities, combine special education routes, and lower our fleet maintenance expenses.
In 2013, our community generously approved a bus and equipment bond allowing the district to replace three of our oldest buses with 2013 Midwest International Buses. The new busses will help with fuel economy, lower our repair and maintenance through a long-term warranty, and improve safety for our students.
Each year our drivers participate in educating our youngest students on school bus safety, by participating in a back to school day program that allows kindergartners and their parents an opportunity to meet their drivers, ride the school bus for the first time, and to answer questions about riding the bus. Our department annually participates with the United Way, with our local grocer, Demonds, to “Stuff the Bus”, a food drive for Allegan County residents in need.
With safety always a top priority, we welcome your questions or comments regarding transportation services and invite you to explore our web page for helpful safe transportation tips and frequently asked questions.
General Transportation Information
Each student is allowed one pick up and one drop off location. The district does not allow day varying stops.
Bus passes will not be issued for play dates.