As the school buses rolled up Thursday at the Ellis Elementary School in Roxbury, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Superintendent Carol R. Johnson were watching closely. Boston public schools struggled with bus tardiness last year, and officials redesigned the transportation routes for this year to give drivers more time. And as the school year kicked off, the early returns at the Ellis looked promising: More than half the buses arrived at the school early, said Matthew Wilder, a spokesman for the school district.
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