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Vandalia-Butler City Schools Offer More Busing Options
VANDALIA -- Vandalia-Butler City Schools will now be offering more busing options without taking money out of their budget.
The district saved money by contracting transportation services. Busing will now be expanded for some Smith and Morton middle school students in several neighborhoods that are within the two-mile no-transportation zone.
The change will be made at no additional cost to the school district through the use of "group stops." The main concern for the district was students walking in areas that do not have sidewalks.
"Students are walking along side of the road narrow roads, lots of traffic at that time of the day. Not just school traffic, but the traffic from folks trying to get to and from work. So we took a look at those areas and tried to find areas where we could do stops where students could walk to a bus stop instead of to the school building." said Superintendent Bradley Neavin.
The district reduced transportation to state minimums last year as part of a series of across-the-board cuts prompted by a steep drop in state and local funding. Currently, transportation is provided only to K-8 students who live beyond a two-mile radius from their schools.
The Board of Education approved a five-year contract with Cincinnati-based First Student in August for an anticipated savings of $1.4 million.
Parents with questions about the expansion in busing are welcome to contact Director of Pupil Services Robert O'Leary at 415-6431.
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