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School systems target bus service for cuts

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.

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.

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kevin 2 years ago

it would almost be about the same price if those without cars went to school in a taxi. Parents don't want to pay for anything for their kids to go to school. Wonder why they are doing an injustice to teaching our students? Look no further than the whole public school system as compared to private schools.

When will parents learn to do a littel sacrificing for the sake of their own kids no less?

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kevin 2 years ago

let the parents send their kids to school in a taxi. It would be cheaper than paying for bus servcies in this county. PArents rather save their gas money for running around on the weekends than getting their kids to class. THis what has the government done for me lately attitude is sucking the life out of this country ( a socialist dream come true) and the American family falls for this every time.

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Linda 2 years ago

Many parents are disinterested when it comes to their children. why does Gwinnett school board seem to pick the busiest roads on which to build a school?

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raah 2 years ago

Schools do seem to be built on busy roads, but where else would you put them? Maybe on a narrow two lane road at the back of a residential neighborhood...

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Dubbin 2 years ago

To answer Linda's question: Because that is where the well connected landowners who make a fortune selling land to the school system own property.

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Mack711 2 years ago

If you go down Beaver Ruin Road PIB and others with all the apartment complexs the bus stops traffic in both directions to load and unload the bus. This happens at all apartment complexs. Can the bus turn into the apartment complex and get off the busy highway in order to pick up these kids? Simple solution to stopping traffic.

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Ashley 2 years ago

Good Points made by some on here. GCPS has a long history of buying cheap land on industrial roads to save money. That really doesn't allow for many walkers now. They have painted themselves into a corner.

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Rocket1300 2 years ago

Then why am I seeing a hiring sign at Jordon park announcing they are actually hiring drivers? That makes no sense.

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OutofMoney 2 years ago

If store parking lots and fast food places are any sign, then yes yellow buses are all over the place doing nothing. Looks to me this is a easy place to make up some of the budget if not all.

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