Front page story in the Times about cost cutting at districts in our region. There wasn't a lot here except that SPS is the only district that closed schools. One thing to pick up on here that came up in the thread on Sherry Carr's community meeting: transportation.
From the article:
"In Edmonds, the district strategically placed bus stops just outside the one-mile zone around schools, far enough so the state will pick up the tab, according to district spokeswoman DJ Jakala.
That means some of the 3,000 students whose routes were eliminated can choose to walk to a more distant bus stop if that's a shorter — or safer — way to school."
I did a little research and found, to my surprise, that there are districts - lots of them - that charge for transportation. San Jose is one of them (they have 31,000 students, a couple of exceptions for payment - F/RL, etc. and the cost tops out at $675 per year per family).
Or, have a big walk radius. In Berkeley, elementary students within a 1.5 mile radius have to walk. That's a pretty big radius. They provide no transportation for middle or high school students.
I hope everyone understands that we can hope to see (and should) transportation costs go down due to a new SAP. If most people go within their neighborhood or region, it should happen. However, the district is still running behind. They could easily look to other districts throughout the nation and say, well, sorry, we now have to charge or worse, say they won't be transporting middle school students or high school students. They could easily justify doing it. I'm sure the outcry would be great because parents are used to the pretty deluxe transportation system (compared to other districts) that our district has had over the last decade.