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PLEASE NOTE: Upcoming Bus Delays due to Croton Avenue Construction
April 21, 2022
We have been notified by the Town of Cortland Water Department that there will be major construction taking place on Croton Avenue beginning today, April 21, and will continue through the summer. The construction is most likely to cause significant disruption, reducing the roadway to one lane with alternating traffic flow.
Drivers will use alternate routes to the greatest degree possible, but this is a major traverse, and some delays will be unavoidable. The school bus routes most affected by the traffic will be Walter Panas, Lincoln-Titus, and Van Cortlandtville, with residual delays for Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Copper Beech.
Please be assured that drivers will do their very best to maintain timely schedules, but it is necessary for families to plan for delayed pick-up and/or drop-off times until the construction concludes. We understand the inconvenience this may cause for many families and thank you for your patience during this time.
School Bus Safety - Public Service Announcements videos
Long before most of us are awake, the school day is beginning for the Lakeland Transportation Department. As the sun rises over the horizon, Lakeland's bus drivers start their day by conducting pre-trip inspections of each of their vehicles. It is only 5:30 a.m., but they are beginning a day that will extend until well after the sun has set.
The first buses pull out shortly before 6:30 a.m. to begin picking up high school students throughout the 44 square miles that make up the Lakeland Central School District. They continue running throughout the day, picking up and delivering children to one of the District's eight schools, a BOCES program, or a private/parochial school.
The entire process is then reversed as the students return home starting at 2:00 p.m. at the high schools. This is not the end of the day, though, as many students take part in after-school activities and interscholastic and co-curricular events that keep buses running sometimes as late as 11 p.m. Buses may also be used during the day on special education field trips. A few hours after the last bus is parked, it is time to begin the entire process again.
Lakeland buses can be seen on the road on weekends transporting the District's interscholastic and co-curricular teams. In addition, Lakeland buses are routinely used to transport students on special trips during the school day. During summer months, our buses transport special education students who attend school on a 12-month basis.
Given the changing weather, traffic, and road conditions, it is easy to see the complexities that the Transportation Department deals with each year as they safely transport our students.