• Bobby Trotter
    Transportation Director
    Shepherd School District 
    Coach Bus


    I hope you all had a great summer!!!

    The month of September is just a few weeks away, which means the beginning of a new school year is upon us!

      Normally, before the start of school, students will receive a notice from the schools, with their bus route numbers and approximate stop times included.  Please take a look when you receive this. Many of the routes have changed from previous years.


    Seating will be at a premium and we will not be able to “save” seats for inclement weather etc. If you have a child that is now driving or otherwise no longer needing bus transportation, please call or email me so that we can adjust the roster. We transport over 500 students each day and some of the buses run close to full, so your help in this matter is appreciated. As in the past, you can register your child for an AM route and a different PM route. We cannot assign routes by day (ex- Bus X on Mon, Tue, Wed and Bus Y Thurs/Fri).

    The arrival time to school was changed to 08:00AM in 2020 and that will become a permanent change.  Your stop times will be similar to last year but may move back a few minutes to be a little more consistent with staging the buses and getting the students offloaded at school.


    Finally, when you receive the parent / student transportation handbook, review it with your child. The handbook has the basic rules and expectations for all riders to maintain the privilege of riding. Over the past year, we have allowed some flexibility with electronics and behavior on the buses, due to the Covid situation. This year we will be back to normal and each student will be expected to follow the rules while riding and this includes electronics usage while on the bus..

     As always, I am in need of more drivers! If you are interested in driving, please call me. I would encourage you to get an application from me, or the District office. If your application is approved, I will be happy to help you get your CDL, with passenger and school bus endorsement, and other requirements needed to drive a bus.

    Thank you and I hope you all have a great summer!

    Bobby Trotter

     Transportation Director

     Shepherd School District

    Transportation # 406-373-5331

    Email r-trotter@shepherd.k12.mt.us  




    Parents of Kindergartners and new students: 

    The Spring Round Up was held  in April . Registration in August will also be very busy! 

    Please get your child registered and transportion request in as early as possible.

    The process of adding students/building routes and assigning riders is tedious and, as usual, we will be pressed for time to get it all done by the start of the school year. 




    Thank you and I hope you all have a great Summer!



    Bus request form





    If you have ANY questions, please feel free to call me @ 406-373-5331.  Thank You!



    Bobby Trotter







    Transportation by school bus is not mandatory.  This service is provided for those who wish to ride under the terms set up.


    The following information for parents and students states the regulations governing riding.  Non-compliance may be met by refusal to transport.  It is expected that all concerned will read this bulletin, and in case there are questions, ask for an explanation in order that there be no misunderstanding.


    Information regarding school bus service may be obtained by calling:


    Shepherd Schools                                                Transportation Office


    373-5300  High School                              373-5331 Transportation Supervisor

    373-5873  Jr. High School                 

    373-5516  Elementary School



    The transportation program is set up to provide bus service.


    The Trustees of School District #37 shall review all bus routes yearly.  Changes will be made in accordance with State of Montana rules and regulations.  The most economical and feasible routes with maximum service to the residents of School District #37 will be the policy.  Request for changes in bus routes must be made by May 15th of each year.


    1.         The school transportation program is not a taxi service for students, parents, or unauthorized persons.  Buses will not operate over roads that are not properly maintained, or on private lanes leading to and from the residence to the highway, or on roads where adequate turn-around's are not provided.

                District policy is that all buses will have turn-around's instead of having to back up


    2.         Parents/Students will be issued a copy of the Transportation Parent/Student handbook at the beginning of each school year or when registering. It is expected that each parent review the bus/transportation rules with their children to insure they understand the rules and also the consequences of violating the transportation policies. Violations will be addressed on a case by case basis and will be subject to progressive discipline, up to and including refusal to transport.


    3.         Buses, which are school owned, will meet the Montana State Highway Patrol inspections.  Drivers will be certified according to regulations of the State of Montana and the Office of Public Instruction.


    4.         The School District reserves the right to discontinue this service when the bus available is loaded to less than 50% of capacity.


    5.         All buses are outfitted with digital recording devices on both the interior and exterior.








    The bus operation will be similar to the plan followed last year.  Buses, which meet the State Highway Patrol inspection, will be used and drivers will be certified according to regulations of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Last Modified on August 5, 2022