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Many Franklin Township parents, already upset over the corporation cutting bussing, are even more upset after a meeting about an independent busing program. The Central Indiana Educational Service Center is offering a bussing service to the parents, at a cost. CIESC held an afternoon meeting at Kitley School, but didn‘t offer a presentation, which upset parents. Groups of parents said they expected someone to explain the program and it‘s fees, routes, etc. But that wasn‘t the case. Instead, the meeting was set up for parents to read a handout then ask questions on a one on one basis.
“I have four children, I have a wife that is in the middle of cancer treatment, I have one vehicle, I work from four in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon and I cannot afford it, said one Franklin Township parent. “And they have no options of help or assistance.”
Under the current proposal it will cost $495 for the first child per household, and $425 for each child thereafter. Despite the frustration, some parents still signed up for the service at the afternoon meeting.