FRAMINGHAM- A new Framingham Public School year begins next week, and Acting Director of Transportation Patricia DiSalle is finishing up the bus routes for the 2018-19 school year, according to Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay.
Director Transportation Rick Gallagher has been on medical leave since spring 2018, and it is not known when he will return.
There are more than 9,000 students in the school district, said Tremblay, last week.
Currently, about 5,500 students have registered for a bus, said Tremblay.
“But we anticipate that number to go up when school opens and parents realize they did not sign up for a bus,” said Tremblay.
School bus payments of $250 per child or $500 per family were due by August 1.
The number of students requesting a bus is down from the 2017-18 school year.
Last school year, there were 5,897 students who had a bus pass, said Tremblay.
Students who registered for a bus pass, should receive their assigning on “August 22nd, (which lines up with when student schedules are released,” said Tremblay on August 15.
Framingham High student schedules were mailed on Friday.
When school ended in June, there were about 8,881 students in the district, said Tremblay.
On August 15, there were 9,063 students registered, an increase of 182 students to the public school district.
“The Parent Information Center has registered 135 since July 1st; there are 55 appointments for registration for this week and 37 for the week of August 20th. These numbers are comparable to last year which was at 240 summer registrations from July 1 to the end of August,” said Tremblay on August 15.
Framingham High School had 2,246 students registered as of August 15, said Tremblay.
There were 2,177 students at Framingham High, according to the state in 2017-2018.
Freshmen orientation is on August 28.
The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is August 29.
Editor’s note: Updated to fix increase in district enrollment.