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Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 1991

OSKALOOSA BOARD REVERSES BUS DECISION

September 11, 1991

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— Students participating in extracurricular activities will have a ride home after school despite the Oskaloosa School Board's earlier decision to discontinue the late bus.

In June, the board voted to eliminate the bus in efforts to cut costs. However, several parents expressed concern to the board that some children would be unable to participate in after-school activities unless transportation was provided, Supt. Jim White said.

During Monday's meeting, the board agreed to re-establish the late bus route. While the bus previously delivered students to their homes, the new route probably will feature common drop-off locations to keep costs down, White said.

The late bus will start running as soon as the board finds a driver. The deadline for finding a driver is Sept. 23. The bus will leave school around 6 p.m. daily.

In another matter at the meeting, the superintendent reported the latest enrollment figures. White said enrollment has increased from 575 students last year to 630 so far this year. Although the influx hasn't caused a serious space crunch in the district's schools, the board agreed to advertise for an additional eighth-grade teacher.

The board also will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Friday to discuss the possibility of rewriting the 1991-92 budget to reflect the enrollment increase.

In other business, the board approved contracts for Lynn Brown, preschool special education bus driver; and Gene May and Sue Hughes, full-time bus drivers.

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