Seattle schools considering cuts to bus system

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 NEWS

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 12:36 PM

In an effort to save on steep transportation costs, Seattle Public Schools is considering cuts to the bus system.

School Board members have been asked to make adjustments to the Transportation Service Standards for the 2014-2015 school year which include removing school bus service for “out of area” students. Right now, some students get a bus to take them to a school that is not in their district boundary.

Also, arrival times may be adjusted according to a new tier system. New bus arrival times could change to 7:35 a.m., 8:25 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. . In addition, the maximum distance a child could walk to the bus stop may increase to a full mile, as opposed to 3/4 of a mile.

In total, transportation adjustments would save the district an estimated $3.4 million. The district faces an $18 million budget shortfall.

A comment period is scheduled before the board meeting at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. The full agenda item can be found here.





 

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