Reader questions bus funding

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2006

I would like to know if anybody knows what the state law is regarding the provision of transportation (school bus) to public schools.

This is the second year that I have tried to get the school bus to circle around Sport Lake and they cite lack of funding as the reason they can’t do that. How much more could it cost to circle Sport Lake instead of stopping at the public access parking lot? Maybe 75 cents?

Instead my daughter will have to walk over a mile by herself, just one mile from where the abductor got the dog bite.

There has got to be some guidelines for transportation. The school district transportation department told me there are no guidelines. So if you already live on a bus route you get grandfathered, and if you build a house outside of an existing bus route then we do not have funds to extend our routes is the answer.

It’s hard for me to believe that is fair or right. They told me the Boys and Girls Club would be starting next week. So the transportation department thinks that kids who they can’t give a bus ride home could just stay at school until mom can pick them up.

That might work, except the Boys and Girls Club enrollment is already full. The Boys and Girls Club suggested I send my daughter to the Kenai Boys and Girls Club in a taxi every day because there is no maximum club members at the Kenai club.

If I could afford a taxi every day I would just send her home in a taxi!

I hope some reader knows whether the school district is required to provide school buses to school children.

Doneva Baker

Kenai



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