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Decision Number
435
Book
28
Month
December
Year
2018
In RE
Transportation Bus Stop
Appellant
Fairfield CSD
Appellee
Great Prairie AEA
Summary

Fairfield Community School District (CSD) seeks reversal of a decision made by Great Prairie Area Education Agency (GPAEA) approving a bus stop location created by Pekin CSD. Appellant disputes that a gravel parking area was an established pick up point on the existing bus route for resident students that was also established as a pick up point for students who are open enrolled from Fairfield CSD to Pekin CSD.

Pekin CSD requested the parking lot so that parents and students have a safe place to wait and drop off students to ride the bus.

Appellant contends that the newly constructed parking lot and bus stop were impermissibly created for the primary purpose of picking up open enrolled students from Fairfield CSD.

After consideration of Iowa Code section 285.10(2), which directs schools to "properly safeguard the health and safety of the pupils transported," GPAEA approved the bus stop

ALJ finds that Pekin CSD provided evidence that the bus stop existed as a stop on the regular bus route for resident students prior to the open enrollment law being passed and prior to construction of the parking lot.

The decision made by the Board of Directors of GPAEA on October 10, 2018, is AFFIRMED.