Pinellas County School Board to discuss transportation costs
The Pinellas County School Board will discuss the hot-button topic of transportation at its workshop meeting Thursday.
If you remember, former superintendent Julie Janssen proposed last year cutting transportation to two fundamental schools to save money. (See that story here.) The proposal didn't go over well with a lot of people. Neither did a compromise that would have changed some school schedules.
Superintendent John Stewart isn't making any recommendations Thursday, but board members will get another look at data about how much it costs to provide all those so-called transportation "extras." For instance, it costs about $4.3 million a year to bus students to magnet programs, out of zone schools and career academies.
Michael Bessette, associate superintendent of facilities and operations, said the numbers available online have been amended slightly. You can see the updated numbers below. The discussion should happen at about 1 p.m. Thursday. (See the agenda here.)