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Pasco bus routes safe - for now



Bus_eGetting a "courtesy" bus ride to Pasco schools? Your ride is secure, at least for now.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino tells the Gradebook that she won't be recommending the elimination of any "courtesy" routes this year despite the fact that the cuts could save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"We're thinking we can make cuts in other ways," Fiorentino said.

Fiorentino explained that the administration simply didn't have enough time to evaluate the safety of each of the courtesy routes leading to 27 schools before school starts on Monday. She planned to ask the district's traffic safety committee review the routes and make proposals in time for the 2009-10 school year.

School Board member Marge Whaley, who initiated the conversation during budget talks, agreed the delay makes sense. "Safety comes far before money," Whaley said.

But board chairwoman Kathryn Starkey suggested that the bus route changes might have to come sooner than next year. "It looks like we’re going to have additional cuts during the school year," she said. "So never say never, unfortunately."

See tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times or for the full report.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:53am]


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