SACS Approves More No Transportation Zones

Published 06/04 2014 05:46PM

Updated 06/05 2014 08:17AM

Some bus wheels in the Southwest Allen County School District are coming to a halt.

"We just don’t have the money for those buses,” said District Superintendent Steve Yager. He says more NTZ's or ‘No Transportation Zones’ are needed.

"We’ve tried to keep the busing situation the same as it has been but now were gonna have to make some cuts," he said.

He says it’s not an ideal situation. However, the options are to either cut a few routes and make students walk or find alternate transportation, or lay off workers.

"If tax caps were not an issue we would not be having this conversation," Yager said.

The sacs board just approved the elimination of two bus routes that fall within a mile radius of the secondary schools. This makes a total of five NTZ's because three were already in place. Up to two more no transportation zones could follow in fall 2015.

"Each route that we cut is valued at 50 thousand dollars,” said Yager. “That’s up to 300-thousand dollars our taxpayers could save by asking our students to walk no where further than elsewhere in the district."

"If we had to rely on the buses and we weren’t able to pick up and drop off ourselves, I would say that that would be upsetting because how else would we get our kids here," said parent Jen Zvers.

On Thursday June 26, the district will hold an informational meeting with parents at 5:30 p.m. in the Homestead High school auditorium. The meeting is open to everyone but will focus especially on families in the Westlakes housing addition because they are the ones impacted most.

SACS is not the only district to make these cuts. FWCS has at least one No Transportation Zone for each school. Northwest Allen County and East Allen County schools both have at least three.

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