Hoover School System reconsidering decision to end bus services

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

HOOVER — Just days after the Hoover Board of Education voted to discontinue transportation services for regular education students in the 2014-2015 school year, system spokesperson Jason Gaston said system staff will present “some transportation-related options” at the next Board of Education meeting.

Gaston said staff members are working through those options to determine their viability for the system’s needs, and the system plans to solicit feedback from the community on proposed options.

“We have had people speak up on both sides of this issue. Some have indicated to us that cutting bus service will present challenges for their family,” Gaston wrote in an email. “Others have applauded us for seeking solutions, which allow us to keep as many resources as possible in the classroom.”

The Board of Education made the decision to discontinue services because such a change would have saved more than $2.5 million per year — money that would have been used in classrooms or to pay down debt, according to previous reports.

Increasing enrollment and declining revenues have led to an operating revenue loss of $96.8 million for the school system over the past four years. Currently, on a per-student basis, the system employs 110 fewer teachers than it did in 2008.