As of Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Live Oak Elementary students board a school bus at the end of a school day. Dougherty County School System Director of Finance and Operations Robert Lloyd said the system is operating at normal occupancy capacities overall in its elementary, middle and high schools, and the system is working on removing portable classrooms as soon as possible.
ATLANTA (AP) — Rising fuel costs and shrinking budgets have led many Georgia school systems to reduce school bus service, including the number of stops.
School bus stops are farther apart in districts where service has been cut, such as Cobb and Gwinnett counties. That means more students are walking before daybreak and to busier roads to catch one of the 15,000 buses rolling across Georgia each weekday.
Officials say the state is picking up a much smaller share of school transportation costs.
Jorge Quintana, a Gwinnett County school system spokesman, says high school students who live within 1.5 miles of school now have to walk to a major thoroughfare to catch the bus, rather than have it wind through residential streets and closer to their doorsteps.