Willow Lane Busing Could Become Thing of Past Tonight
If the East Penn 2012-2013 district budget passes tonight in a similar form to the proposed final budget approved by the board on May 14, 2012, busing will be eliminated at Willow Lane Elementary School in Fall 2012.
The East Penn Board of School Directors will vote on the 2012-2013 school budget at tonight’s school board meeting.
Unless there is a significant deviation between the spending plan put before the board tonight and the proposed final budget approved by the board at its May 14 meeting, busing at Willow Lane Elementary School will officially become a thing of the past when the board approves the final budget tonight.
According to The Morning Call, when Willow Lane opened in 2010, the administration said that eventually busing would be stopped at the school.
In past school board meetings focused on the 2012-2013 spending plan, the administration reported that the district will save about $60,000 by eliminating transportation for students who live within 1.5 miles from the school. About 325 students who this year rode the bus to school will be impacted by tonight’s vote, according to the Call.
Under state law, school districts are only required to provide busing for special education students.
During this year’s budget discussion, the administration said that district-wide busing could be on the chopping block with the 2013-2014 budget cycle.