ERIC Number: ED499440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: 7
Slow Motion: Traveling by School Bus in Consolidated Districts in West Virginia
Rural School and Community Trust
Over the past several decades West Virginia has closed scores of small, locally-based schools (primarily high schools), as part of district-level consolidation. These consolidations have affected families and students in numerous ways. Most notably, students living in outlying towns are now required to travel much longer distances to reach centralized high schools. Community members have voiced concerns that very long bus rides take a toll on students, their schoolwork, and the degree to which they can participate in after-school activities. Since further consolidation is presently being proposed statewide, the current lack of solid data about the impact of consolidation is problematic. This research by the Rural School and Community Trust (Rural Trust) is an effort to fill in some of the gaps. It is organized around eight research questions: (1) How do students get to school?; (2) How long is the morning commute?; (3) How many students travel over the state guidelines?; (4) How is engagement in extra-curricular activities affected by consolidation status?; (5) travel time?; (6) mode of transportation; (7) very long bus rides?; and (8) How is consolidation related to students' aspirations to attend college? The following are appended: (1) County Demographics; (2) County Map of West Virginia; (3) Student Survey; and (4) Study Limitations. (Contains 13 tables, 13 figures, and 7 footnotes.)
Descriptors: School Buses, High Schools, Rural Schools, Extracurricular Activities, School Activities, Guidelines, Student Surveys, Counties, School Districts, Rural Areas, Statewide Planning, Student Transportation, College Attendance, Academic Aspiration, Maps
Rural School and Community Trust. 1530 Wilson Boulevard #240, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 703-243-1487; Web site: http://www.ruraledu.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: New York Community Trust, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
IES Cited: ED551320