District Updates

  • Afternoon Buses Curbed Jan. 9

    Due to high winds across the region, and high profile vehicle safety restrictions issued for El Paso County by the Colorado Department of Transportation, District 49 school buses will not run this afternoon, Monday, Jan. 9.

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  • District 49 Buses To Get Seat Belts

    "This is a long term strategy," said Gene Hammond, transportation director. "It will take many years for our entire fleet to be entirely seat belt equipped, but we have targeted our trip buses, those most likely to travel on high speed roads and into the mountains, as our priority for equipping with seat belts."

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Transportation Overview

District 49's transportation team coordinates for safe student movements to and from schools and extra curricular activities. The team routinely participates in state and national bus safety programs and competitions.

For more information, call 719.495.1159 or use this form.

Today's school buses are built with safety in mind. They are tougher, cleaner and more diligently maintained than ever before. School bus drivers are required to receive special security and medical training, and undergo regular drug and alcohol testing to provide a safe ride for your child. And school bus traffic laws are strictly enforced. Find out what you don’t know about school bus ridership. Learn the facts and play it safe.

Students are about 50 times more likely to arrive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends.
But did you also know that your child is much safer riding the bus than being driven by you? Add in the environmental and financial benefits, and it’s hard to find a reason to send your kids to school any other way.

Imagine a world with less traffic, cleaner air, and more affordable transportation. These are just some of the benefits that school bus ridership provides. While school buses are one of the safest ways to send your kids to school, there are many good reasons that make them a growing choice among parents for their children’s school commute. Find out what you don’t know about school bus ridership. Learn the facts and play it safe. Visit for more information.
District 49 is seeking qualified applicants for school bus driver openings. The transportation department recently placed first in the special needs category of the Colorado School Bus Championship Road-e-o, and then placed seventh nationally. It's a awesome team to work with and learn from, and a great opportunity for those with students attending District 49 schools – you’re off when they’re off. Drivers get compensated training, competitive wages, great benefits package and an excellent work environment. The position requires a commercial driver’s license and District 49 will provide training. Schedule your interviews today. For more information, including the the knowledge, skill, and abilities required, visit the come work with us page.

Jack Pietraallo
Transportation Interim Director
Office: 719.495.1159
CeCe Catherwood
Transportation Secretary
Office: 719.495.1159
Robert Sparks
General Education Router
Office: 719.495.1159
Shauna Orth-Stephens
Special Needs Router
Office: 719.495.1159
Patty Mize
Lead Trainer
Office: 719.495.1159
Julie Ellstrom
Student Liaison
Office: 719.495.1159
Lynnea Brown
Office: 719.495.1159
Roxann Clark
Operations Technician
Office: 719.495.1159