• Bobby Trotter
    Transportation Director
    Shepherd School District 
    Coach Bus



    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are excited to see everyone again and welcome our new students!

    We will be running 8 routes this year- Buses 2-9. Bus 1 is open and not running at this time. All of the routes have been adjusted to accomodate the overflow from bus 1. That means we are very full on all of the buses and have made many changes to see that everyone is transported safely! 


    If your child is now driving, please let me know asap so we can open up the seat.


    We are not able to "save a seat" for any reason so please make arrangements to either have your child on the bus a minimum of 3 days a week (if you want a seat"saved") or make other arrangements to get to/from school. We understand that atheletes will miss for days or weeks on end while they practice/play sports, and thats fine.  Feel free to call me if you have any questions!


    Please take a moment and review the bus route maps as they have changed.



    If you or anyone you know is interested in a driving position, please contact me @ r-trotter@shepherd.k12.mt.us

    or 406-373-5331.  We offer a minimum of 4 hrs/ day with more available.  The salary range is $17.56-$ 20.87 per hour for route drivers.  No CDL?  We can help and offer paid training.


    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: 


    Please make sure you lable EVERYTHING to insure it isnt lost.  Every day we find coats, gloves, lunch boxes etc left on the bus.


    Please make sure your child know thier full name (and if possible address) and that it is ok to answer when school employees (Bus Drivers) ask for it or call out while searching the bus for students.  The 1st few weeks we are still learning everyones name and it is helpful if they know it!



    Thank you and I hope you all have a great School Year!



    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 11, 2023