Students on buses mean more money for schools

October 14, 2008

By Staff

With the high costs of transportation for school districts, it is important to make sure your student rides the bus the rest of the week.

Since Oct. 13, bus drivers have been counting their riders, since each one means funding for the district.

“These rider numbers determine the amount of funding our Transportation Department receives from the state of Washington,” Sara Niegowski, director of communication for the district, wrote in an e-mail. “So, by ensuring all regular bus riders are on the bus during the ‘count’ week, our district can recoup the maximum amount of transportation funding to which we are entitled — and preserve more dollars for the classroom.”

This year, district officials expect to spend $6.6 million on transportation, nearly $3 million of which they’ll have to fund themselves.

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