Budget cuts may halt summer school bussing
Students planning to take the bus to and from summer school in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District this June may have to find another ride.
Although it’s not certain until the school trustees decide which funds they will cut in an upcoming May board meeting, district officials said transportation might not be offered for students electing to take summer school.
“It’s not a certainty yet, but we also had to get the word out to parents to be prepared,” said Tom Miller, director of transportation services, regarding an announcement the district sent to the Sierra Sun.
The district may opt to lower the level of transportation service for summer school, by shortening routes in attendance areas, Miller said.
Any cut to summer school transportation would not affect special education transportation.
Unlike the regular school year, when the state pays the district for average daily attendance, the district is paid per hour each student attends class.
“Full-time attendance is really important in summer school,” said summer school Principal Ruta Krusa. “Students shouldn’t plan on taking vacation while they’re in school – they still have all of August to do that. I don’t want to sound mean, it’s just a matter of staying afloat (financially).”
Not having transportation, Krusa added, could potentially lower summer school attendance, making the fiscal damage two-fold.
In past years, Krusa said, summer school attendance hasn’t paid for transportation, and the money came out of the district’s general fund. Last year, summer school transportation cost the district roughly $28,000.
In the face of approaching state budget cuts, the district business office has asked heads of each department and school site in the district to look at their budgets and make a list of unnecessary items and services.
A budget review committee will review those lists in a meeting later this month and make recommendations to the school board members, who will have the ultimate vote.
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