Phone: (616) 786-2050

Transportation

Welcome to West Ottawa’s Transportation Department

The West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department transports over 5,000 eligible students to-and-from school and school-related activities each school day.  This is accomplished with a dedicated team of 78 transportation professionals and a professionally maintained fleet of 61 buses that travel more than 4,000 miles each day.

NOW HIRING – Please fill out an online application or contact the Director of Transportation at (616) 786-2045 for more information.   Immediate positions available.

Our Mission – Transportation

photo of children in a school bus“To provide safe and efficient transportation to get students physically present and emotionally prepared for learning to experience success to-and-from school… every school day.”

In every instance, safety is a top priority.

  • We will provide safe and efficient pupil transportation at all times through effective communication between transportation staff, school administration and parents/guardians.
  • We will consider the individual needs of students and provide accommodation for students with special needs.
  • We will welcome and give thorough examination to community input.
  • We will highly value and provide ongoing, continuous training for our team of professional employees.
  • We will serve the District with total commitment and a positive attitude.

News & Tips – Transportation

Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy our beautiful outdoors.  Summer is also a great time to make sure your home address and/or bus stop address is clearly marked on both sides of the mailbox at your bus stop and on the side of your home.  Having a clearly marked address that is highly visible to the regular and substitute bus driver (driving from both directions) is real important in helping to not miss your child’s bus stop.  Many of our buses make 25 or more stops on the route to school, picking up bus riders at individual homes and group stops.  Having a consistent place for the bus driver to look for a clearly marked and highly visible home and/or bus stop address improves bus safety and helps keep bus drivers & riders on schedule and things running smooth.  Thanks for checking this out for your bus driver, your child, and the children who may get on and off the bus at your child’s assigned bus stop.

Best wishes for a safe Summer Break!

Paul Wegmeyer, Director of Transportation

Bus Stop Information – Transportation

Bus stop information for the 2018-2019 school year will be available ONLINE ONLY for all students (Grades: KG-12) beginning August 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  For general education students, bus stop information is not mailed or distributed in any other manner.

Bus stop information for the 2018-2019 school year (including bus stop times, bus stop locations, bus number assignment and transfer bus assignment) can be viewed by accessing Parent Portal from the Parent Resources tab on the District’s home page, beginning August 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Bus stop times may change throughout the school year due to a variety of reasons.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to frequently check their bus stop information online, especially at the beginning of the new school year.  Bus stop information should be reviewed in Parent Portal within 24 hrs before the first day of school to get the most accurate before-school bus stop info.

To access bus stop information in Parent Portal, sign in by entering your login information (Username and Password).  Choose ‘SELECT A STUDENT’ (top of page) and then click on the ‘Transportation’ tab (left side of page).

Detailed transportation information for students with special needs will be mailed to the primary home address for each eligible special needs rider on August 15, 2018.

Kindergarten Information – Transportation

The following provides helpful transportation information for parents/guardians of Kindergarten students at West Ottawa:

2018-2019 Bus Information for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians (English).

Online Forms – Transportation

The following online forms are for use by a primary parent/guardian to submit a change in transportation request for an enrolled student eligible for school bus transportation at West Ottawa Public Schools.

Alternate Site | Daycare | Parent Transport: Transportation Change Request Form

Select this form (English) | (Español) to submit changes to alternate site, daycare or parent transport information for AM pick up (before school) and/or PM drop off (after school).

Note: This form should only be used to submit changes to bus stop related information AFTER Online Enrollment has been submitted for the 2018-2019 school year.  This form is not to be used for submitting Joint Custody bus stop requests.  To review Joint Custody bus stop procedures, please contact the Transportation Department at (616) 786-2044.

Note: Please allow a minimum of three (3) days for processing.  Approved changes in transportation take immediate effect after the change has been posted in Parent Portal.  Parent Portal is updated by 5:00 p.m. each working day.  To access bus stop information in Parent Portal, sign in by entering your login information (Username and Password).  Choose ‘SELECT A STUDENT’ (top of page) and then click on the ‘Transportation’ tab (left side of page).

5th Grade Advanced Math (NH and PC): Online Transportation Request Form

Select this form (English) | (Español) to request school bus transportation on an early morning middle school bus to attend 5th grade Advanced Math at Harbor Lights Middle School or Macatawa Bay Middle School.  Transportation for this program is open to eligible bus riders from the North Holland (NH) and Pine Creek (PC) Elementary School attendance areas ONLY.

Note: Please allow a minimum of three (3) days for processing.  Parents/guardians of NH and PC 5th grade advanced math students will be notified directly by telephone or e-mail from the Transportation office if changes in transportation for NH and PC 5th grade advanced math students have been approved.

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and Answers) – Transportation

Before picking up the phone to ask a question, take a look to see if your question may already be answered!  Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions and Answers) documents and have been developed to assist parents/guardians in finding common answers to important questions regarding pupil transportation.  Questions along with their responses are organized into three unique sections:

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Contact Information – Transportation

West Ottawa Public Schools Transportation Department
342 W Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI  49424-1902

Phone: (616) 786-2040
Transportation HOTLINE: (616) 786-2049  (Timely info on late bus, school closure, etc.)
E-mail: transportation@westottawa.net

Summer Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Mo-Th) | 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Fr)
Telephone lines staffed: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mo-Fr)

Job application procedure: Please fill out an online application or contact the Director of Transportation at (616) 786-2045.  (Immediate positions available)

Administrative Staff – Transportation

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Paul Wegmeyer, Director of Transportation
Phone: (616) 786-2045

Gary Corell, Assistant Director of Transportation
Phone: (616) 786-2044

Margarita Lugo, Administrative/AM Dispatch Assistant (6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Sherry Brooky, PM Dispatch Assistant (11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2041

Julie Schrotenboer, Route Clerk (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2042

Curt Alofs, Fleet Mechanic (5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2046

Chuck Wittingen, Fleet Mechanic (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Phone: (616) 786-2047

 

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