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.

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