FALLS CITY - The Falls City School Board received the 2024 transportation report and considered the impacts of pre-school enrollment at its meeting Monday.

The school board is considering the impacts of a new state law that allows children to remain in public pre-school until the mandatory kindergarten entrance age.

Eligible five-year-olds could remain in pre-kindergarten, but the district reports it is near capacity with one slot available for two days weekly.

The district’s eight rural bus routes traveled a total of 86,568 miles last school year, which is the equivalent of driving to Anchorage, Alaska, 15 times. The school reported a total of 95,828 miles last year.

The district’s bus routes transported 232 students on a daily basis. Superintendent Tim Heckenlively said drivers maintain a stellar safety record.

The school board approved a 5 percent wage increase for classified employees and a daily substitute teacher rate of $175.