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Dean Transportation hosting open house events for GRPS

Grand Rapids — The Grand Rapids Public Schools community will have two opportunities to learn more about Dean Transportation in the coming weeks.

The company — which contracts with GRPS to meet busing needs for preschool, elementary and middle school students, as well as students in special education programs — is hosting a pair of upcoming open houses, according to the district. 

The first event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, and the second is from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. 

Both open houses will be held at the Dean Transportation Grand Rapids location at 900 Union Ave. NE.

During the events, visitors will be able to tour the facility, meet drivers and employees and take rides on buses. There will also be technology displays and chances to learn about safe transportation. 

The open houses are part of an ongoing effort to stay engaged with the GRPS community, following town hall meetings in October and February. To that end, Dean Transportation and GRPS are sharing metrics about on-time bus arrivals. A new online form has also been launched for transportation-related questions and concerns. 

“It is our goal to continue to work with parents and the community to have the best service possible for scholars,” Dean Transportation Regional Operations Manager Kevin Harkness said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting these open houses and getting to show the community what we are all about.”

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.


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