ROANE COUNTY BUSES Roane County Schools Consider Cutting Bus Services
Reported by: Rick Lord
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Feb. 21, 2013 9:35 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 9:53 AM EST
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The Roane County Board of Education voted to cut two of the four bus routes in question, then adjourned Thursday.
A budget shortfall is creating some major issues for the Roane County school system, and it's affecting everyone from students to teachers.
The system is struggling with falling enrollment and a more than $300,000 drop in state aid. Now, Roane County is considering cutting school bus service in a move that could leave some students on the bus for four hours every day.
Four bus driver jobs are among the teacher and service personnel positions facing layoffs next school year to balance the budget. The board must decide by March 1. The bus route consolidation plan brought a protest from a parent whose daughter would be getting on the bus at 5:30 a.m. and getting home at 5 p.m.
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