The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

January 22, 2014

Local schools spend millions providing bus service for students

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Bobby Fields, superintendent of Frankton-Lapel schools, said the loss of transportation funds would be both painful and hard to make up from other revenue sources. "We obviously don't have three-quarters of a million dollars sitting around ... there are really no contingency plans," Fields said.

While it would be illegal under Indiana law to charge parents a fee for bus service because taxes are already levied for that purpose, Fields said, if the district were to eliminate the levy, the cost of providing bus service annually would be about $1,000.

"That would be a pretty hefty fee per family," to ride the bus. And the district has no intention of doing that, Fields added.

"The best-case scenario would be for the General Assembly to tweak the law so that it doesn't affect schools like it's going to if they don't change the law," Fields said.

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