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February 26, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Michigan district axes transportation


ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Faced with declining funding for education in Michigan, one school district has decided to eliminate transportation for general-education students.

The change at the School District of the City of Royal Oak, a suburb north of Detroit, will go into effect with the 2010-11 school year. The district has about 1,800 general-education students.

Last year, Royal Oak made substantial reductions in high school transportation, but further cuts were needed, officials said.

“As the condition of state school finances rapidly deteriorated this year and the projected shortfalls for next year grew substantially, the district was faced with stark and unpleasant choices,” said G. Anders Linell, executive director of Royal Oak’s business/technology office, in a letter to parents.

The district had to make significant budget cuts, Linell said, and “the size of these reductions required a choice, either fundamental changes in the amount of support service and how they are delivered, or reduction, elimination or alteration of the core instructional programs and services which the Royal Oak community has come to expect.”

The district said it would work with PTAs to develop parent resources for ride sharing and connecting students to walk or ride bikes to school together.


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I'm a Royal Oak Parent and work with the youth in Royal Oak. I am upset that not only did they eliminate the buses at Upton school, but did not paint the cross walks or put up any school kids crossing signs. If you are familiar with 14 Mile and Coolidge Roads it is a double right and left turn divided highway. The drivers have no idea to watch out for kids.

John    |    Sep 02, 2010 08:40 AM

WOW...this sounds like a books vs. buses type of scenerio? In an era of epidemic drop-out rates, what does the decision to eliminate transportation tell our students? It would be interesting to see what the drop-out rates are in school districts that have eliminated specific services?

Robert Evans    |    Mar 01, 2010 01:17 PM

I would have to agree that it is time to cut the fat and not the meat but the cutting fat needs to start at our government level. Our states have cut so much funding that our school alone (1000 students) will lose over 1.2 million in funding this year alone. Has any of our congress, senate, reps, ect. taken a pay cut? I am the transportation director for our district and bring home $300 a week. To have a pay cut limited to only administration will not solve the problem. It is like everything else in this country..... It all falls on the hard working, tax paying citizens to pay for. grrrrrrrrrrrr

Amy    |    Mar 01, 2010 07:25 AM

Maybe if the school administrators all took a pay cut of 15% the transportation could be saved. They are over paid bureaucrats who only feather their own nests at taxpayer expense. Time to cut the fat not the meat.

Joe Zazeckie    |    Feb 26, 2010 07:13 PM

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