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Should parents pay to bus kids to school?

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” Paying for transportation may be a reality for parents in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District next year.

Parent-pay is one option the district’s Board of Trustees will consider at a Wednesday public meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center.

Parents could be charged somewhere between $150-$250 annually per student, said Nanette Rondeau, district director of transportation.

“We surveyed six districts who charge for transportation in the surrounding area to come up with the range,” Rondeau said.

The low end of the spectrum matches the charge at the Tahoe Unified School District in South Lake Tahoe, which charges $150 annually per student with a reduced bus pass available for families in need.

Rondeau said she would present the range to the board and calculate the approximate revenues for a given number based on the board’s decision.

Another option the board could approve is shrinking the district’s transportation boundaries, which means parents outside the boundaries would be responsible for transporting their child to school or to the nearest bus stop.

“We’ve identified the routes with the lowest numbers in terms of riders and the highest amount of miles,” Rondeau said.

She said the Donner Summit area has been identified as one which would produce savings if it were no longer serviced by bus.

The district’s boundaries have been pulled in before, in 2004-05 the easternmost edge of the district was contracted to Hirschdale road, the northern reaches to Prosser, Sugarpine Point Park to the south on Lake Tahoe and in the west from Cisco Grove to Kingvale.

Another possibility would be to eliminate kindergarten service, Rondeau said.

The board is expected to take action on one of the possibilities Wednesday night.

WHAT: A special TTUSD Board meeting concerning transportation next year.

WHERE: The Sierra Mountain Community Education Center in Truckee

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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