School superintendent Julie Janssen told parents she's worried about a looming $34.6 million budget cut the Pinellas County School District will have to deal with for the 2011-12 school year.
"There isn't a lot of areas that have a lot of fluff," Janssen told the parents and teachers gathered at Lakewood High School on Thursday night. "That keeps me up at night."
Standing before a PowerPoint presentation outlining the district's goals through 2014, Janssen mentioned ways to cut costs — such as spending less on bus transportation.
Several parents aired concerns over the district's plans to rearrange its bus service. Janssen said that in most cases, free bus service will only be offered for students to get to and from their zoned schools, and that older siblings will have the option of joining their younger siblings' zoned schools.
Janssen also said Thursday that the district wants to increase private partnerships and be a national testing ground for new computer technology.
Already this past fall, Clearwater High School ditched textbooks in favor of Kindles, handing one out to each of the school's 2,000-plus students, as well as to teachers.