Students who attend Northwest Education Services Special Education programs travel from throughout the five-county region to Traverse City to receive their instruction at one of our North Ed program sites. 

Transportation is provided by students' resident school districts. Many of our local districts have formed a consortium that uses Dean Transportation to provided specialized transportation to and from North Ed's Special Education programs. Leland, Glen Lake, Northport and Suttons Bay provide their own transportation through their transportation departments.

Transportation Handbook

View the current Transportation Handbook

Ensuring students are transported safely to and from school is our top priority. 

To do this, it is imperative that effective communication and cooperation is embraced by all involved: students, parents, teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and support staff. This handbook serves to improve communication between transportation departments, parents and school staff to increase common understanding and improve collaboration.


For changes to your pick-up or drop-off locations, please contact your child’s school office:

  • Adult Community Experience (ACE): 231.922.6469
  • Bridgeway: 231.933.8596
  • Creekside School: 231.922.7882
  • Life Skills Center: 231.922.6357
  • New Horizons: 231.933.3561

If you need assistance with your student’s transportation, please contact the appropriate transportation director:

  • Dean Transportation: Jade Ladicks, 231.922.5960
  • Glen Lake: Rebecca Chavalia, 231.334.3061 x533
  • Leland: Tim McNeil, 231.218.7511
  • Northport: Elizabeth Schwind, 231.386.5153 
  • Suttons Bay: Mike Urbano, 231.631.6007

Marty Guiney, Transportation Liaison for all North Ed Special Education Programs, 231.922.6470.