San Diego Unified School District got less money than it had hoped from a program where it charged some family for busing, according to a published report.
Our media partners the VoiceofSanDiego report that only half of more than 5,000 students whose families are supposed to pay for busing to magnet schools and other integration programs have paid up.
Phil Stover, the deputy superintendent who oversees operations in San Diego Unified schools, told the online news source that the district has gotten $500,000 less than it had planned due to the unpaid accounts and a high estimate of how many families would have to pay for the service.
The district offers several payment plans ranging from annual, to semester to monthly payment options.
If paid annually, the fee is $340 for the first child. $170 for the second child. If paid monthly, parents pay $38 for the first child and $19 for the second child.
Those students who get free or reduced-cost lunch, special education students and students whose household income qualifies them for free transportation do not have to pay the fee.