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School bus routes changed to save money

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 30, 2008

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Some school systems are making adjustments to bus schedules to deal with soaring gas prices. In Americus, that's not sitting well with some parents.

Upset parents met with school leaders on Wednesday night.

Under a new policy, school buses will no longer pick up students who live within a mile and a half of their school.

Administrators say they're spending at least $40,000 a week to operate their busses. The state doesn't reimburse them for transporting kids within that 1.5 mile radius.

With fuel prices so high, the board voted to make the cutbacks.

"We were informed by word of mouth more than anything else,  that there had been a change in the bus policy and we found that change to be detrimental to a lot of students, in what we would think would be poverty stricken areas," Terri Wooden, Parents Advocating for the Sake of our Kids, secretary.

The school superintendent and transportation director were at Wednesday's meeting.

They say if parents take their kids to the closest bus stop, they can still ride the bus.

We checked with Dougherty and Lee County schools.

They both already have that mile and a half radius policy in place. 

Lee County will still pick up kids close to schools because they say traffic congestion puts students in danger.

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