The Neosho R5 School District covers approximately 225
square miles. There are nine campuses in the District. The
Transportation Department runs 38 regular, three double
and three special needs routes throughout the district each
morning and again each afternoon. One bus travels to and
from Joplin for special classes, and two buses run in the
middle of the day for Early Childhood students who attend
only a half-day of classes. Votech students are transported to and from Crowder College twice daily, and students are delivered to and from work assignments in the community all day long each day.
A shuttle for Enrichment students runs five days a week, and two buses transport students between campuses to the After School Programs each evening. Buses are assigned for the transportation of students to and from athletic events, Speech and Debate contests, ROTC programs, musical events and many other activities throughout the week and on most weekends. All of this activity requires approximately 50 drivers each morning and again each afternoon. A number of additional drivers run each day on the special assignments. An average of 2700 students are transported on these buses twice each scheduled school day. All elementary students receive school bus safety training each year. The Danger Zone around the school bus is where the driver cannot see the students. Much time is spent educating the students so they are able to keep themselves safely outside this Danger Zone
Three mechanics and two office personnel are busy each day coordinating all the activities of the Department and making sure the buses are fueled and mechanically sound. Transporting the students safely is our greatest priority! This doesn’t happen without a great deal of preparation.
We are extremely proud of the dedicated men and women who drive our buses! They are all trained, professional drivers who have passed a series of both general knowledge and skills tests. Each one is required to pass a yearly physical exam, random drug/alcohol testing and criminal background checks by the state and the FBI. They routinely attend safety training meetings and are governed by DOT regulations for school bus drivers. The drivers go above and beyond the normal expectations almost daily and give much of their own time to the students who ride their buses.
The Neosho R5 School District Department of Transportation welcomes your questions, concerns and comments. If we can be of assistance to you or your student, please call the office at 451-8699. Please help us keep our students safe by stopping safely away from the school bus when the stop arm is out and the red lights are flashing.
2012-13 School Year Bus Routes!
Director of Transportation
Secretary to Director of Transportation