2017-18 Bus Passes

If you registered for transportation before August 16 your bus pass has been mailed. If you do not receive the pass, please contact the transportation office at 633-4902.

If you registered after August 16, requests will be processed as soon as possible and passes will be mailed to you until school starts. Once school starts, bus passes will be send to the student’s school building.

The WDMCS Transportation department strives to serve the needs of our students and to provide safe, efficient transportation to school and school-related activities.

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Free Transportation

Free transportation is provided to the following groups meeting the listed criteria (Iowa Code Section 285.1):

  • Grades K-8 students living more than two miles from their assigned schools as determined by their primary residence
  • Grades 9-12 students living more than three miles away from their assigned schools as determined by their primary residence
  • Involuntary Transfers, who are students transferred by the district to a school other than their designated attendance center

Paid Transportation

Students who do not qualify for free transportation and live outside the walk zone for their assigned school are eligible for paid transportation. Transportation is not available for families who live inside the walk zone.

Free or Reduced Bus Pass

Any student who lives in the paid transportation area and qualifies for the free and reduced-priced meal program may also apply for free and reduced-priced bus pass fees. Please contact your school’s secretary to apply.

Voluntary Transfers

A voluntary transfer is a student who attends a school other than the assigned school within the district due to a family request granted by the district. A voluntary transfer student may ride a district school bus if he/she meets the established criteria:

  • Meet at an existing bus stop within the attending school’s boundaries.
  • The bus must have space available for the student requesting the transportation. Students living inside the school boundary will have preference.
  • Regular bus pass fees must be paid.


The West Des Moines Community School District covers 36.6 square miles. District boundaries are rather irregular, but generally lie north of Warren and Madison county lines, south of Urbandale Avenue, east of the Dallas County line and west of 63rd Street.

Color-Coded Boundary Maps

District boundary maps are available at the link below and are color-coded to reflect the eight elementary school attendance areas and the two junior high school attendance areas. All students living within the West Des Moines Community Schools attend Valley Southwoods for ninth grade and Valley High School for grades 10-12.

The WDMCS District  Boundary Map (pdf)

Contact Us

Transportation Department
2102 Delavan Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Robin Pickard
Transportation Director

Doug Neppl
Transportation Specialist

Steve Dingman
Driver Trainer

Pam Hull
Activity/Billing and Bus Pass Fees

Christine Ries
Bus Passes and Walnut Creek Campus Routing

Carrie Van Weelden
Special Needs Routing and Non-public Reimbursements

Did you know?

  • We transport approximately 3,300 students each day.
  • We drive 41 routes to and from school each day.
  • We traveled 560,500  route miles during the 2015-16 school year.