Guilford County Schools to discuss possible bus route cuts

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County School District will propose a plan before school board members Tuesday to either consolidate or eliminate bus routes for students who attend magnet schools in an effort to save money.

The school board will look at two options.

The first would cut bus service to more than 5,500 students who go to magnet schools or high school options programs.

It's a plan the administration believes would save Guilford County schools $5.1 million a year.

"We have lost more than $40 million in state funding alone over the last five years," said Angie Henry, chief financial officer for the district.

A second option would consolidate the routes using 16 shuttle buses that would pick up and drop students off at depots. The plan would save $3.9 million.

Both options could be potential headaches for parents like Wanda Wilson, whose son attends fifth grade at Bluford STEM Academy.

"It would really, really be an inconvenience for me because in the morning I rely on the buses to get them to school," Wilson said.

If the plan moves forward, the changes would take effect in July 2014.

2 comments

  • Mark Stabler

    It would be interesting to know how many miles are traveled each day the the Guilford and Forsyth School Bus Fleet. If students were assigned to the school nearest their home, how much more would the system save.

    • Chucky1992

      I remember one route when I was driving buses that I thought was insane. I had two students that were in the ESOL program at Southern and they lived off of McConnell Rd. I would drop off most of the students in the Randleman Rd area then from that 2nd to last stop drive 45 minutes across town round trip to drop off those two students. I remember thinking that it was a waste of tax payer dollars then too.

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