|Watauga County Schools to Adjust Bus Routes for 2009-2010 School Year|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Tuesday, 23 June 2009 06:12|
Watauga County Schools will be changing school bus routes to lower transportation costs.
According to Watauga County Schools’ community relations director, Marshal Ashcraft, the changes are in response to cuts in state education funds.
Ashcraft said the school system faces an expected reduction of about $80,000 in transportation funding as well as an additional reduction of about $31,500 in a separate allotment for bus fuel.
Transportation Director for WCS, Toni Weaver Floyd said, “We will have to reduce total miles traveled by about 284 miles every day to stay within the budget next year. To do that, we will have to discontinue non-essential transportation we have been providing for some students. The changes will include ending all stops other than those required to pick up and return students within reasonable walking distance of their homes.”
The system has requested that parents of Watauga County Schools students to fill out and return new bus assignment forms by the end of July so the new routes can be streamlined. These bus assignment forms can be picked up at school offices or residents can print off a copy from the Transportation Department’s page at www.Watauga.k12.nc.us.
Ashcraft said some of the changes in next year’s bus routes include ending bus service on side roads unless a student living on the road is in grade three or below, combining stops located close together, ending “convenience” stops like dropping off students near a parent’s place of work or delivering them to childcare services, and ending service for most out-of-district students.
More information about school bus route changes can be found online at www.Watauga.k12.nc.us.
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