WATERLOO, Iowa — Waterloo Community Schools is taking steps to prevent students who are ineligible for school bus transportation from catching a ride in order to save the district money, WCF Courier reports.
Instead of printing pages of stops for all routes in the newspaper, the district is using direct mail — postcards with the information will be mailed directly to riders so that only those who are eligible for bus service will have the stops.
Students who live more than a mile from their elementary school, two miles from their middle school and three miles from their high school can ride the bus for free. Superintendent Gary Norris told the newspaper that a "significant" number of students who don't qualify for the service ride at no cost. One of the school board’s recently approved initiatives for the transportation department was to increase efficiency, including reducing routes and saving money.
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