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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 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 , busing at 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 . 

Lower Mac Resident June 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I agree with Taxed, make it a separate fee...you want your kid on the bus, you pay to put your kid on the bus...I don't mind dropping mine off at school
Linda Miller June 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM
As a property owner and senior citizen, I feel that ALL households with children, whether you rent or own, should pay a specific amount for each child who attends public school. This fee could be used toward bussing. There are a lot of families with children who rent in the EPSD who never have to contribute to the school district in any way. Seems unfair.
tamarya June 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I think they should charge swain students to use east penns buses too. If the public school is not good enough for your child then pay the busing too, seems no one brought the private schools up, however the ones that pay the taxes for the district they use should pay extra.
Ron Beitler June 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Recent effort at property tax reform failed to get out of committee... "Another effort at property tax reform has come to an end, at least for this year. The House Finance Committee voted 13-11 to table House Bill 1776, or the Property Tax Independence Act, which citizen activists and some legislators had hoped would provide the property tax relief that has been sought by many area residents for as long as three decades." We need to reform the system. Contact your state Rep. Let him know you want property tax reform addressed.
Al Bundy June 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Thanks Rob, You just did so much for the kids when you were on the school board.

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