Lakeville Area Public Schools bus transportation is provided by Schmitty and Sons Bus Company. There is a fee for students who live less than two miles from school. The discounted fee is $150 per student per year (the fee after July 22nd is $175/student) with a maximum charge per family of $300 ($350/family for after July 22nd fee). A discount is available before July 22nd of the upcoming school year. Parents/Guardians will receive notification of this charge in mid-June. Payment is due upon registration. To pay your students(s) transportation fee, please visit our Online Fee Payment system.
If you have questions or need additional clarification, please contact:
- Schmitty & Sons Bus Company – 952-469-2256 or visit the Schmitty and Sons website.
- District Representative – Jon Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-232-2030
Information and Forms
- Online Fee Payment
- Transportation Form 2016-17
- Consent to Share Information for Benefits Form
- Consent to Share Information for Benefits Form in Spanish
- Attendance Area Finder
- Student Transportation Safety Policy
- Student Services Special Transportation Request
- Physician Documentation of Need for Special Transportation
Q: Who is eligible for fee for service?
A: All students who live less than 2 (two) miles from the school are eligible for bus service for a fee. Distances are calculated by the District using computer-aided measurements taken from the school site at the point where buses turn off of the street into the school driveway to the home address farthest driveway-side edge of the property line.
Q: How much is the pay for service fee?
A: The discounted fee is $150 per student with a family cap of $300 if paid before July 22nd. After July 22nd of the upcoming school year, the regular fee is $175 per student with a family cap of $350. Registration before July 22nd helps us establish bus routes and stops. It also allows bus passes to be distributed on time. After July 22nd, registrants will be given a bus assignment as space is available on existing buses and at existing stops and it can take up to five days to process and send out a bus pass.
Q: Why isn’t everyone charged a fee to ride the bus?
A: State law requires public school districts to provide free transportation to all students living two or more miles from their school.
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register at the District Web Store using your debit or credit card. If you choose to pay by check, you will need to register on the Transportation Form 2016-17 and mail your application to Schmitty & Sons School Bus, 22750 Pillsbury Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota 55044. You must have your child’s transportation ID number (TIN) to register by either method. The transportation ID number is on the letter you received notifying you of eligibility for paid busing.
Q: Does the fee cover the entire cost?
A: No, the actual average cost to transport a student in the Lakeville Area Public Schools District 194 is $487 per student (for the 2015-16 school year). The balance is covered by funding from the general education budget for the district.
Q: What about non-public school transportation?
A: All transportation policies and procedures, including pay for service, apply equally to private schools as required by law.
Q: What if I am a new student?
A: Students newly enrolled in the district may pay for transportation with the discount fee of $150 per student. New students enrolled on or prior to January 1st of the current school year will be charged the full annual fee. New students enrolled after January 1st of the current school year will be charged 50% of the annual fee.
Q: Are there opportunities for financial assistance?
A: Yes, families who qualify for Free and Reduced Educational Benefits can receive a fee waiver. Applications for Educational Benefits are available at your child’s school, at the District Nutrition Service Office (952) 232-2061 or on the Nutrition Service Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program Website. If you have not applied for Free and Reduced benefits, you must pay the fee. If you are approved for benefits, your fee will be refunded.
Q: My family receives a waiver on bus service fees because we are eligible for free lunch. Do I still have to apply for bus service?
A: Yes. You must submit the transportation application to receive the bus pass.
Q: Do part-time riders pay less?
A: There are no reduced fees for one way use of the service (morning or afternoon). Transportation services are based on the daily student count. Costs do not go down for children who ride the bus only one way or do not ride every day. There are no reduced fees for part-time riders.
Q: What about daycare?
A: The district will follow existing policy and administrative procedure. If your daycare is within pay zone, you will pay for service.
Q: Are there alternate stops?
A: We will follow existing policy and administrative procedure.
Q: What are the rules for Inter-district Open Enrollment?
A: The closest existing stop to home determines the pay for service status for those requesting transportation.
Q: Are there prorated payments or refunds?
A: No, costs will not be prorated for current residents requesting transportation at any point beyond the start of the school year. Also, refunds will not be provided for non-use or discontinued use of the service after the first day of school.
Q: Do other districts charge fees for transportation?
A: Yes. Burnsville ISD 191, Farmington ISD 192 and Rosemount ISD 196 all charge fees for transportation, though the details and fees vary.
Non-Public Transportation Reimbursement
Non-Public School Transportation
Lakeville Area Public Schools may be obligated to provide to district residents choosing to send their children to non-public schools outside the district as follows:
Provide monetary reimbursement in lieu of public school transportation. Based on state regulations, this reimbursement can be up to, but may not exceed, the pupil transportation reimbursement amount received by the District from the State of Minnesota, less 5 percent for district administrative costs.