Wake County board to meet on after-school busing
Posted August 27, 2010 9:53 p.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2010 7:56 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss possibly reinstating bus service for students involved in after-school activities.
The service was cut in March when the board approved a $20 million reduction to the Central Services budget, Wake schools spokesman Michael Evans said Friday.
Prior to the cut, 65 activity buses were running across the county, logging nearly 2,000 miles a day, Evans said.
Ending the service, which would drop students at community centers close to their homes, saved nearly $1 million.
The cut, however, has caused problems for parents, including working mother Mary Keough, who relied on the service to help get her daughter home from after-school activities.
“I think it has caused a lot of upheaval for the students and the families,” Keough said.
Wade Martin, principal at Martin Middle School, said the loss of the service has hit the school’s low-income families the most.
“We have students who would not be able to participate in fall sports,” Martin said. “We have already heard from some parents the difficulty in providing that transportation everyday after practice.”
Evans said he has heard similar concerns from families who don't have the resources to pick up their children after school.
The school board will discuss the issue at noon on Monday.
The money to reinstate the service could come from federal education grant money received awarded to the state.