LPSB reevaluating school bus transportation plan

The Lafayette Parish School Board’s Executive Committee met Tuesday night to discuss ways to save money in the school’s transportation department.

LPSS Transportation Director Damon Evans says a few different scenarios were brought up at the meeting. One was implementing the state’s one mile rule. State law states that if a student lives less than one mile away from their school, bus transportation doesn’t have to be provided. He says most parishes in the state already follow the policy, but Lafayette Parish doesn’t.

Donna Olivier of Lafayette thinks the parish should continue to bus all of its students. “With the crime that we see all over I just don’t think that kids should be on their own for a mile and that would be very dangerous.”

Other options include adding bell times to stretch out the school day by about 50 minutes. Eliminating transportation for the parishes’ school of choice program. Also in the talks were pairing high school and middle school students who live in the same area on one bus.

Evans says there’s no time table just yet on when either of the scenarios will be implemented.

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