Money is being saved but at what expense? My children have different bus drivers for morning and afternoon which has left the bus a complete nightmare with all kinds of behavior issues. The elementary school aged children are up at 5:30 in the morning like they have jobs to get to while the older kids sleep in. Those "15 minutes" make a world of difference for parents who do not have flexible work schedules or for those of us who must commute to New Hanover County. Parents who work have to come up with extra funds to pay for afterschool care until they get off because the older kids who once helped out are still in school and do not get home until after 5 in some cases. It was not well thought out nor planned. We got phone calls for surveys and attended meetings but these decisions were ultimately still made by people who are not directly affected by it. The county is saving money so it's ok. Where's the money going? Mr. Stanley says people don't like change. How about cutting the salaries of some of the county employees who are just keeping seats warm to save money instead? Tax payers and parents are sacrificing why not them? We could probably save $1,000,000! How's that for change?
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