The elimination of “courtesy routes” (bus routes within two miles of schools) by LCS for the upcoming school year has caused a great deal of anxiety for parents just days before school is scheduled to begin.
On Friday, former superintendent Jackie Pons commented on the issue. He tweeted on his account:
“There is a reason why we have bus routes within two miles of schools because safety should always be our number one priority.jp “
TR has been told that the funding for school transportation, which is provided by the state, is only available for students that live over two miles away from their school. However, LCS has been providing “courtesy routes” for those within the two mile distance and picking up the costs for a number of years.
Parents were notified last year by LCS that all “courtesy routes” would eventually be eliminated.