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Sparta schools cutting the cord on bus contract early

Drew Kelly

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After having the same bus company for eight years, the Sparta School District is switching gears.

The district has announced it is ending the agreement a year early and looking for another vender. The contract with Lamers Bus Company will end June 30.

Sparta superintendent Amy Van Dueren says increased need was a main reason for the switch.

“We’ve had several new neighborhoods pop up,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of growth. Our current contract, which had basically been rolled oer every 3-5 years, needed a new look.”

Van Deuren added that the decision was mutual.

The district was closed for three days at the start of the school year because of problems with the buses either picking up or dropping off kids.

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Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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