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Governor proposes merging school districts
March 8, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says in his 2012 budget address that "our fiscal reality demands consolidation" among the state's school districts. Also, cuts are planned to state transportation funding for districts.
North Carolina districts could pay more transportation-related costs
March 1, 2011
Under her proposed 2012 budget, Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to eliminate the $57 million the state would spend on replacing school buses. She also wants local governments to pick up the costs for workers’ compensation claims for drivers, which are estimated at $35 million statewide.
Delaware governor proposes changes to pupil transportation funding
February 24, 2011
In his recommended fiscal year 2012 budget, Gov. Jack Markell calls for school districts to cover 10 percent of their bus route reimbursement costs. The new plan would also prevent districts from asking voters to approve increased taxes to cover transportation costs.
Governor urges lawmakers to consider privatizing school buses
January 20, 2011
Gov. Nikki Haley, in her first State of the State address, asks South Carolina lawmakers to privatize the state's school bus system. She says doing so could save the state money and provide students with newer buses.
District board votes to end school bus service
January 20, 2011
The board president for the Colorado district says that the district can’t afford to pay for the service since it receives $600,000 from the state for transportation but has a $3.6 million budget. Bus service would stop with the 2011-12 school year.
Missouri districts to receive $7.5M for school transportation
January 18, 2011
The additional funding was made possible because revenue collections have been better than anticipated, according to the state's budget director. The funding will help school districts offset rising fuel costs while grappling with budget cuts.
Missouri governor may reduce funding for bus service
January 5, 2011
As one school district eliminates service for several hundred students due to a substantial cut in the amount of state aid for school buses and transportation this school year, Gov. Jay Nixon says that under his proposed 2011 budget, funding for buses and transportation is on a “watch list” for potential budget cuts.
District combats budget woes by providing transportation for marathon
January 4, 2011
Employees of the Vail Unified School District participate in a local marathon, and the district is asked to provide transportation for the event's runners. Vail's transportation supervisor discusses with SBF how the district has now participated in two marathons and raised $16,000 for its transportation department.
Missouri school district acquires lot for new district-operated fleet
January 4, 2011
The district's board of education purchases the lot, which includes an office and maintenance facility, from its contractor. School officials believe that having a district-operated fleet will save money in anticipation of major budget cuts; the district also switches to a three-tier bus system to further cut costs.
Bus drivers show dedication despite district’s budget woes
November 11, 2010
Transportation services ran as scheduled for students at a Virginia district on Wednesday, confuting media reports that there would be a bus driver “sick out” due to the lack of pay raises over the last three years. The district is working on proposals to provide some financial relief for employees.
Efforts to restore cuts to school bus transportation fail
October 22, 2010
A citizen petition to reinstate transportation for students in Framingham, Mass., who live within two miles of their schools fails 89 to 40 by a ballot vote at a special town meeting. The chairwoman of a committee that opposed the petition says the town needs to focus on cutting costs.
District cuts $9 million in transportation services
September 7, 2010
State budget reductions force Los Angeles Unified School District to make changes that will affect 53,000 students. Pickup sites are being reassigned.
Shuttle stop system could save $3.5 million
August 26, 2010
Under the new plan at Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools, students attending magnet middle and high schools are picked up and dropped off by the district’s school buses at designated shuttle sites.
District cuts more than half of its bus stops
August 2, 2010
The move was made to offset Fort Osage School District’s budget shortfall. Funding from the state for the district’s transportation will be 33-percent less compared to previous years and the district expects to run a deficit of more than $1 million.
Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
Indiana attorney general: School bus fees are unconstitutional
July 13, 2010
Gregory Zoeller issues a legal opinion piece after receiving a request from the state’s Board of Accounts, which took issue with a district’s proposal to begin charging $75 per student for bus rides.
Cincinnati increases walking distances to save $1.8M
July 13, 2010
Transportation will now be provided only for elementary students living one mile or more from school and for high school students living 1.25 miles or more from school. Students who ride public transit to school face a $0.50 increase on fares.
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.

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