The District and its partner Durham School Services put students first by providing safe and reliable transportation to and from school for students who qualify.
Except for bus attendance calls, the District’s Transportation Coordinator is your first line of communication to transportation provider Durham School Services.
Contact: Dee Hehr
Ames Community School District
Educational Services Center
2005 24th St.
Ames, IA 50010
If at any time your student will not be riding the bus as scheduled, please notify Durham School Services: 515-233-5424.
Students are not allowed to use bus transportation to ride to a friend’s home that is not on their assigned route.
Our Transportation Policy
The District provides transportation either directly or by reimbursement according to state law and Board policy, for all resident students, preschool through 12th grade, who qualify.
- Elementary and middle school students must live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
- High school students, grades nine–12, must live more than three miles from the school.
Other factors may determine a student’s eligibility for transportation. The District determines eligibility for transportation as students register for transportation services and makes changes in eligibility only at the start of the school year or second semester.
Families MUST apply for busing during registration and re-enrollment each year, even if they applied for busing in the past.
Please note that applications received later than one week before the start of school are considered late. Students whose applications are late will NOT be allowed to ride the bus until after Labor Day.
The District makes transportation available to students who live nearer than the statutory distance.
The student must live or have child care at a place that is near an existing bus route for which there is a seat available and is at least one-half mile from the school designated for attendance.