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Hancock bus routes will be split next year

June 12, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - Hancock Elementary School students will no longer ride the bus with Hancock Middle-Senior High School students, Washington County Board of Education President Edward Forrest said Tuesday.

The splitting of Hancock school bus routes will cost less than previously estimated, Director of Transportation Chris Carter told the School Board Tuesday.

Busing students to the two schools costs about $248,000 a year, Carter said.

Running separate bus routes for the two schools would add about $87,000 to transportation costs, Carter said.

Previous estimates were that such a change would cost another $120,000. Carter said the change in cost estimates is largely due to taking into account so-called shuttle trips the buses would no longer make if the buses ran two routes.

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Carter said the change shouldn't affect how long students spend on the bus.

Forrest said the budget the board approved last week included an additional $120,000 to pay for the bus changes in Hancock.

"It was a priority of the board. We thought it was an important thing to solve," Forrest said. "You don't always want a kindergartner or first-grader hearing the conversations high schoolers have."

Forrest said the Hancock schools were the only public schools in the county that had students of all grades riding the buses together.

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