Home-to-school transportation charges top school district meeting agenda | SierraSun.com

Home-to-school transportation charges top school district meeting agenda

Topping the agenda for tonight’s Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District’s board meeting will be a discussion about the possibility of charging for home-to-school transportation.

TTUSD Transportation Director Bill Jamieson submitted information on the matter to boardmembers at the June 24 special board meeting describing the potential revenue for charging bus transportation.

According to their fact sheet, if the district charges $1 per pupil per day at an annual rate of $180, the district would realize a potential revenue of $270,000. If they charged 50 cents at an annual rate of $90, the potential revenue would be $135,000. The estimated start-up cost is estimated to total $13,000 with an estimated annual cost of $16,100.

District staff made it clear that students who are on free and reduced lunch would not be charged.

At the last meeting, boardmember Karen Van Epps expressed her recommendation that the district implement home-to-school transportation charges as soon as possible.

“The trend in California is to charge (for transportation),” she said.

Board President Suzanne Prouty warned that asking families to pay for transportation may cause Truckee residents to vote against the Measure S parcel tax when it comes up for reelection.

“Most of the districts that bus are large districts, urban districts. The other things the other districts don’t have are parcel taxes,” said Prouty. “People are getting tired of being asked to give more money to the school district. This isn’t going to go over well in Truckee. If you ask for too much, I think we’re going to kill the golden goose.”

The discussion will continue at tonight’s meeting. An action item on the issue has not been agendized yet.

Other items to be discussed include:

– Staff development buy-back days

– Measure S report and budget update

– Update on grants

– Graduation requirements for North Tahoe High School

– Update on developer fees

– Facility report

– Update on oversight committees

The board meeting, held in the TTUSD board room located on Donner Pass Road in Truckee, will begin today at 4 p.m. to interview and select the area 1 board representative to replace former boardmember Doug Hamilton.

The board will go into closed session at 5 p.m. and reopen at 6 p.m.

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