Transportation

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School District 197 owns and operates a fleet of more than 60 buses for transporting students to and from school. Ensuring students have a safe and enjoyable bus ride is a collaborative effort between students, the bus driver, parents/guardians, the school, and even the community. Everyone plays a part in keeping children safe by following the bus rules, reinforcing proper bus behavior, treating fellow riders and their belongings with respect, watching for buses on the road, and being attentive to passengers entering or exiting a bus.

The Transportation Office welcomes questions and inquiries. When calling, please keep in mind that the office receives the highest number of calls when buses are on the road (7-9 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.). Late or missed buses, cancellations, and special program busing are priority calls during these hours. If you have questions or comments that are not urgent, please wait and call when buses are not operating.

Transportation Services

STAFF
Joseph Kulhanek,
 Transportation Operations Manager
651-403-8325 | joseph.kulhanek@isd197.org

Felicia Villagomez, Routing Specialist
651-403-8323 | felicia.villagomez@isd197.org

Jeremy Johnstone, Assistant Safety Training Specialist
651-403-8328 | jeremy.johnstone@isd197.org

Mary Shafer, Fleet Specialist
651-403-8321 | mary.shafer@isd197.org

 

Carlos Cordon-Castro, Safety Training Specialist
651-403-8320 | carlos.cordoncastro@isd197.org


The Transportation Office is part of School District 197’s Operations Department, which also oversees the offices of Buildings and GroundsChild Nutrition, School Safety and Sustainability.

Bus Registration Information and Forms

All eligible students entering grades K-12 in a public or private school who are planning to ride a bus must register for service. We can optimize school bus route planning if we know which students will actually ride.
 

Register to Ride the Bus

Contact Us

School District 197 Transportation Department 
1145 Medallion Drive 
Mendota Heights, MN 55120 
651-403-8320
651-403-8324 - Español
transportation@isd197.org