Alabama School System To Host Forum On Bus Plans

Jul 26, 2013

A school system in suburban Birmingham is back-tracking on its plan to end all school bus service after a wave of complaints by parents and school bus drivers.

The Hoover School System's superintendent and school board members are expected to be at an Aug. 8 forum to give parents a chance to give feedback.

Earlier, the school board had voted to eliminate bus routes for everyone but special education students beginning in August 2014 as part of a plan to save $2.5 million annually.

Hoover is ranked among the state's leaders in per-pupil spending.

The system says overall funding is down $96.8 million over the last four years, but enrollment is increasing.

Officials have reduced spending in other areas to help make up the difference.