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KPS Transportation

To ensure your student has transportation for the first day of school, please have your registration form along with any necessary payment to the Transportation Department by August 1st.

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Kearney Public Schools Transportation Services 2019-2020 

Kearney Public School’s Transportation Department uses a hub and spoke process to get students to and from school. The process reduces the number of buses on the road while adding transportation services for many students previously not eligible to ride the bus. The hub system also supports school choice providing services from any existing bus stop or school to any school in the District. Within this process, there will be students who are eligible for free transportation services and others qualifying under our pay-to-ride program. (See details below)
KPS only uses front door pickup for special needs students qualifying for transportation. Regular education students will have designated neighborhood bus stop locations.

Students Eligible for Free Transportation:
1. Living in the attendance boundary of their school and over 4 miles from that school and 3 miles from a pickup point.
2. District Placement Students: Students assigned to attend a school other than their home school.

Students Eligible for Pay-to-Ride Transportation:
In town students:
May meet the bus at their neighborhood school and ride to the school they are attending.
Rural students:
Attending a school other than their home school or living within 4 miles of their home school and 3 miles from an existing bus stop.
Students must meet the bus at an existing stop or school.
Buses will not travel outside existing routes to provide Pay-to-Ride services.

Eligibility for In Town & Rural Students:
Will depend on there being room on the bus for additional students up to 90% of rated capacity. Date Transportation Department receives completed Registration Form with
Payment (Must be completed annually)
ID Card will be issued to accepted students and must be shown when boarding the bus.


$127.00 per school year/pro-rated based on month student begins to ride.
$15.00 Lost Smart tag replacement fee.
Pro-rated refunds will be given after the ID card has been returned provided the student moves to a location that makes it unreasonable for them to continue using the service or if the student loses their seat to a student qualifying for free transportation services.

Students are allowed only one pickup and one drop off point.


If you have questions please contact Transportation for more information: (308) 698-8261

Department Contacts: 

Transportation Director
Becky Reier

Operations Coordinator
Dorene Sandstrom