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BDS approves aligning transportation policy with state statute

At Tuesday’s meeting, school board members voted to align their transportation policy with the...
At Tuesday’s meeting, school board members voted to align their transportation policy with the state statute.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 10:14 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If your child rides the bus to school in Bay County, that could be changing for this upcoming school year depending on how far away from the school you live.

At Tuesday’s meeting, school board members voted to align their transportation policy with the state statute. State statute says the district is required to pick up students who live two miles or farther from their designated school. The district is paid by the state for those students’ transportation.

This will end what’s termed “courtesy rides,” or free rides given to students living less than two miles away. Chairman Steve Moss says it costs around $400 to transport each student, multiple that by the 1,500 students he said receives “courtesy rides.” Moss says that’s around $600,000 the district does not receive from the state.

Board members said by decreasing the number of bus routes, it decreases the number of bus drivers needed. They add the problem is not about the money, but instead not having enough bus drivers.

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