Poway students who are used to boarding the bus to get to school will have to find another ride next year.
The Poway Unified School District voted Monday to eliminate all home-to-school bus routes for regular education students unless parents pay up.
The board voted unanimously to cut routes to save about $750,000 according to our media partner the North County Times.
The cut will force about 3,300 of the district's 33,000 students, or about 10 percent, to find other ways to get to and from school. The only exception: mandated routes for special education students.
For the service to continue, parents would have to pay $575- in annual fees. That's up from the current $439.
If at least 85-percent of parents of students who currently ride the bus agree to the higher fees by August 6, 35 routes can be saved.
The elimination of regular education bus service is one of several cuts the board has considered in recent months as it tries to address a projected $24 million gap in its $235 million budget for the upcoming school year, which starts July 1.
Read more in the full article in the North County Times.