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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Amanda Dinsmore couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was a joke,” she said. “When I saw it on the internet, I thought someone was scamming us.”
It wasn’t a scam. What she was seeing was the Hoover City School Board’s decision to cut buses starting with the 2014-2015 academic year.
“When you’re a working parent, you depend upon transportation to get your kids to and from a public school,” said Laree Kennedy. “The thought of not having that really did not sit well with me.”
The school system says the cuts are necessary and will save the school system $2.5 million a year. They stress that while the savings seem small in the beginning, if you look over a decade the savings would total more than $25 million.
Monday night, a capacity crowd turned out to the Hoover Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting. The bus cuts weren’t on the agenda, but the board still listened to dozens of parents and citizens’ concerns.
Several speakers asked Superintendent Andy Craig to rescind the decision, and table it for a later meeting after all other options have been reviewed. Craig and the board did not change the decision, saying now is not the right time.
“We want to be able to work through ways that would mitigate the concerns that were raised tonight,” said Craig after the meeting. “We’re still in the planning phases, and we just want to have the opportunity to do that.”
CBS42’s Chris Womack checked out a few options parents in the Bluff Park neighborhood would have if the buses were cut, including walking to Bluff Park Elementary from one of the outlying streets in that zone. The next Hoover Board of Education meeting is scheduled for September 9th.