Superintendent Dan Tanoos said he made the decision to nix school bus travel on Interstate 70 after hearing of the numerous accidents reported on the interstate, especially between Terre Haute and Indianapolis.
“Just hearing the constant calls to I-70 for minor accidents but also some very major and serious accidents, even some with fatalities and for me, I just felt it was not worth putting our students and staff in jeopardy,” Tanoos said.
Tanoos said the alternate route will be U.S. 40 – a change he said is popular with parents.
“[Parents are] absolutely 100% supportive,” the superintendent said. “It really puts students’ safety and staff and students‘s security as a top priority in the school system.”
Tanoos admits taking U.S. 40 will add to travel times and is uncertain how that will effect athletic teams trying to get to events. Tanoos said he will not allow teams to leave school early to get to their destination because time in the instructional day is more important. Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South high schools compete in the Metropolitan Conference, which also includes schools in Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson counties.