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School budget shifting gears to save on transportation

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Hundreds of students in New Hanover County will have to find another way home other than the bus next year. Budget cuts are making the going rough when it comes to some transportation options for students. Victoria Singletary encourages her kids to get involved in extracurricular activities from tennis to extra tutoring after school. She appreciated the option of using the after school bus system to get them home, but next year that option will be off the road. "I’m very disappointed, I’m very upset because now it doesn't give me an option now I have to be there and it's going to take away some of the things that I can't get to that they want to do,” Singletary said. The after school bus program is just the beginning when it comes to transportation budget cuts for New Hanover County schools. The transportation budget is being reduced by more than $800,000. Early college high school students will now have to ride their district buses and be shuttled to their early colleges. Buses will no longer be provided for students who attend Virgo or Williston middle schools, and New Hanover High School under the open enrollment program. Buses will also no longer be provided for all after school athletic and remediation programs like tutoring and clubs. In New Hanover County, more than 600 students from elementary to high school, hop on the after school bus every day. "We've been able to come alongside the parent and help them out, as a parent that is going to hurt and I can understand how other parents my feel, but unfortunately given the economic climate today we can't afford it,” said Elizabeth Redenbaugh of the school board. New Hanover County schools will still provide busing for athletic competitions and school field trips. School officials are hoping parents will go the extra mile to keep their kids involved.

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We need to make cuts, but

We need to make cuts, but our nose to spite our face? We're emphasizing riding the Wave buses for public transportation, but taking buses away from the students, which are used to benefit their education? I don't have kids, but it still is pretty troubling. That's not teaching them to utilize public transportation very well, not to mention after practice there will be more kids driving around, using more gas, causing more pollution, and adding to traffic problems because they have to drive half-way across town because they don't have fields to play on near their school in the first place. How bad are things? Not only are they not learning what the City is preaching, but they will be missing out on their education and other offering provided by the school, designed to help these kids become better members of our community. This shouldn't happen. No after school help... not your problem if it is someone else's kid? No sports...not worth your couple of tax dollars that wind up in athletic department? No band or chorus...that's not school anyway? It is the extra-curricular programs that often help build self-esteem and foster knowledge to all seven intelligences, helping kids who might one day find a career in something other than reading or math. And to the notion that kid's should pay for transportation for school choice, there are schools of specialization that were created by the same school board that is now saying... you can't get there, too bad. This really makes no sense... it is a 'lose' situation all around...for the kids and the community in the bigger picture. The things I want to pay taxes on are things that have the best likelihood of making Wilmington a better place to live. This doesn't really do that. I'd rather pay the extra fraction of a percent to help insure that some kid has the best opportunity to make something of him/herself, no matter what their upbringing, financial background, or where they live relative to where the best school is for them; without transportation, you are deflating that chance.

When my boys were in school

When my boys were in school like always it was my place as their mother to take them to school, practice, after school programs. It was my responsibilty to get them to all the above, no one else. People needs to stop and think. No one owes you anything in the world and you need to help your children to understand this at an early age. Today alot of kids thinks the world owes them along with some adults.Take care of your children needs instead of holding your hand out. As a single mom, I'm proud of the way my boys turned out.Education begins at home. Be thankful for what you do have,

Thank You

It's a shame more parents don't think like you and realize that they CHOSE to have children and it's their responsibility to raise them and not the governments. This includes taking them from place to place!

well..

I didn't know this was going on anyway...and to be honest...I DONT think the county should be paying for these peoples transportation ANYWAY..and WHY were open enrollment students getting bused to those schools? ONE of the stipulations on going Open Enrollment was that...YOU had to provide your OWN transportation...looks like this was nothing but GOVERNMENT waste to begin with!

open enrollment

No Open Choice is where the parents have to provide the transportation for their kids to attend school out of district.

WHAT?

I cannot believe that the schools would cut the after school busses, but keep the field trip busses. Since when are field trips a necessity? Shouldn't children who need the remediation after school be a priority over field trips? Why cant the classes raise individual money for the trips? Some if these schools raise money left and right. But that money is for the PTA to deciede what they want to do with it. Why not designate some of that PTA fundraising for fieldtrips? Its called PRIORITIZING......

uNless

something has changed, participants in field trips pay a per event fee which in theory is to cover any admission charge as well as the transportation costs.

bussing and funding

When going on a field trip it is not funded by the school system. It is funded in other ways such as the PTA helping out, fundraising, or just the student paying. The pay per student usually includes the fee for where ever they are attending, the driver of the school bus, and gas.