FALCON, Colo. — Falcon School District 49’s board of education voted unanimously last week during a meeting to end the district’s school bus transportation services beginning with the 2011-12 school year.
A large group of people showed up for the meeting, and they were reportedly so angry following the outcome of the vote that the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene for crowd control. After the vote was taken, board President Dave Martin was forced to adjourn the meeting at the command of the fire marshal, 11 News reports.
Martin told the news source that the district can't afford to pay for school bus services. The state provides the district with $600,000 for transportation, but the district has a $3.6 million transportation budget.
Students will be bused as normal for the rest of this school year. The school board has asked the district’s transportation department to come up with alternatives for the 2011-12 school year, according to 11 News. Suggestions include transferring transportation services to an outside company or introducing a rider fee to cover the costs.
The proposals will be heard in March.