why it costs so much in local funds to run our school buses
The local cost to fund buses is 1.1% of the total FY14 budget
Shelby County runs three times the number of buses and maintains award-winning schools and high student achievement
The Board refuses to commit to any other cuts to shrink the deficit
What the Board of Education didn't tell us
how much money will likely
nowhere near the
projection of the
When you actually run the numbers, taking into account the cost of transporting children with special needs, the cost of the personnel in transportation administration, the cost of fuel, the portion of transportation that isn't funded by the state, and utilities for the transportation department, the savings are one-third of the savings the Superintendent stated.
the debt payment increased by $2.8 million this year
One more detail the Board left out
That bit of money saved isn't going back into the classroom because it is already spent paying long-term debt.
so what is really going on here?
Why target school buses for elimination?
what effect will this have on property values?
Real estate experts say that buyers with children are looking elsewhere because of the Board of Education's decision to eliminate buses. With neighboring school systems like Alabaster, Trussville, Jefferson County, and Shelby County offering not only buses, but affordable housing, families where both parents work will not choose Hoover.
Prior to making this decision, the Hoover Board of Education did not consider the impact on Hoover's roads, traffic congestion, and drive times for working parents.
The Board of Education has now contracted with a traffic engineering firm to conduct traffic studies at all of Hoover's 17 campuses. The Board of Education has not yet released the cost of the study, nor would the Superintendent answer questions about the cost at the October board meeting.
what impact will this have on traffic and drive times?
Predictably, severe weather in the form of tornado warnings or ice and snow will impact Hoover during the school day. How will children stay safe when roads are impassable due to the number of cars trying to transport students?
how will emergency weather dismissals be handled safely?
sacred cows already taken off the table
School officials have already said these are areas they refuse to cut:
SUPPLEMENTS FOR ATHLETIC COACHES
The Board of Education refuses to release the number
of students who participate in athletics, but given that there are only 6,658 students in grades 7 through 12, fewer students participate in athletics than ride the bus.
EDUCATING NON-RESIDENT EMPLOYEES' CHILDREN
This is what it costs the citizens of Hoover every year to educate the children of employees who do not live in Hoover. Nearly $4,000 in local money is used to educate each child who does not live in Hoover.
PROTECTING THE ADULTS HAS TAKEN PRECEDENT OVER EDUCATING HOOVER'S CHILDREN
Those two sacred cows are directly related to benefits and payments for the grownups in our schools. School communities suffer when resources are preserved for the adults while taking resources away from children.
What school officials are saying
board of education president
Our hope was that the economy would rebound and our [cost-cutting] efforts would only be needed for a short while and we would return to a stable condition as we had in the past.
Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.
There are so many [children] that have just gotten here. And we have not had the opportunity as kindergartners, 1st graders, 2nd graders to teach them.
If you can't afford to pay for the buses, there is a thing called carpool.
A year or two of flat enrollment in this district would,from a purely financial standpoint, would be positive.
With barely 6 months left before buses are eliminated for Hoover's public school children, school officials will not provide any hard evidence that ending buses for our children will save any money at all.
why won't they produce the real answers?