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School Board Reverses Cuts to Transportation

An earlier decision would have reduced student transportation spending by $2.45 million, but an outcry from parents prompts the Toronto Catholic District School Board to look for savings elsewhere.

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Hawaii may add back school buses to improve sport event scheduling

The Hawaii Department of Education is looking to help improve the scheduling of sporting events after the school bus contract for Oahu was cut, providing 33 fewer buses. School buses first have to get students home from school before they can pick up the teams and take them to their games, forcing high school football games to end close to midnight.

Muncie Community Schools has redesigned and rebid its school bus routes to cut costs.  Photo by Kolin Toney. Edited by SBF.
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Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes

After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.

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School bus company closes after 58 years

The Douglas family, which ran Douglas Transportation Inc. for three generations, signed a pact with Oregon-based Western States Bus Services Inc., selling all 12 of its buses and its contract with the school district. School budget cuts had lowered profit margins for the company.

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$378K allotted for busing district’s rural students

The one-time funding allocation from the Peace River Regional District in British Columbia will go toward the cost of transporting students in rural areas during the 2014-15 school year. The funding eliminates the need for those rural families to pay a transportation fee.

Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
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California district ends school bus pilot program

In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.

Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
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Districts are in the transportation business

A school board member at a Virginia district told the Washington Post, “We are not in the transportation business. We are in the education business.” That statement seems misguided and even unsettling. Yes, school districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. …

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Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses

The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.

A bill in the Indiana General Assembly would allow school districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits to use money from other funds to pay for transportation. Photo by Wikipedia user Jasont82
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Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses

The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.

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