Hoover bus fees may not be legal

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – Charges tied to fee based school bus service planned for Hoover City Schools may need to change.

The school board voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the new system to help off set the $2 million needed to keep the buses running.

The item was a late addition to the agenda catching parents and the state off guard.

Now, State Superintendent Tommy Bice is scheduling a meeting with board members to discuss an issue with state law.

Bice tells CBS42 the existing fee schedule is in violation of state law saying quote: “The fact that Alabama state code dictates that no fees can be collected from any children attending any of the first six grades of a city school is a concern.”

Hoover City Schools spokesperson Jason Gaston says, “We still have a couple of hurdles to overcome, but we wanted to be expeditious with this because time is of the essence to start preparing for the upcoming school year.”

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