NEWS & NOTES
District not making promises on bus stops
About 500 Pinellas school buses will hit the road Tuesday carrying about 42,650 students to and from 8,565 bus stops.
The school district's transportation department was busy last week logging calls from parents who were concerned about their child's bus stop.
The call center received more than 1,500 complaints, most from parents upset over how far the school bus stop is from their house.
Transportation officials say they'll do what they can to address every issue, but they might not be able to do much — especially for students attending countywide programs and high school students who opted to attend a school other than their zoned school.
Those students might have to travel more than 2 miles to get to their bus stop because the district severely curtailed routes and stops to help save $11 million. The district has said no requests for closer bus stops will be accepted until Sept. 21.
To find your child's stop, go to pcsb.org/is/trans/home.html. Questions? Call (727) 587-2020.
Haven't heard on school? Go to old one
Still waiting to find out whether the district approved your request for a school other than your zoned school?
If so, you should send your child to the school he or she was assigned to last spring, district officials say.
About 1,000 of the 3,000 requests for an alternate school were granted by the end of last week. School capacities and restrictions on class size made it impossible for the district to say yes to all the requests, associate superintendent Jim Madden said.
However, as school populations shift in the first weeks of the new year, some parents still could get their wish, he said.
Did you know?
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