Hoover City Schools sets public forum on bus services

Published 5:08 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

HOOVER — The Hoover Board of Education will hold a public forum on the system’s plan to end transportation services for regular education students beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

The forum will be held Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Spain Park High School, according to a Hoover City Schools release.

The Board of Education voted to end transportation services during its July 15 meeting, but board members now appear to be rethinking the decision.

According to previous reports, school system staff members will present “some transportation-related options” at the next Board of Education meeting Aug. 12.

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.