Officials Hold Executive Session Over Busing Fees

Officials say the mandate goes beyond what the law requires.

Students getting off a bus

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Officials expect Monday night that the school board will approve a resolution to defend the lawsuit.

Franklin township school board members held an executive session Wednesday night to discuss options concerning a lawsuit filed by a group of parents over the district’s busing fees.

Corporation General Counsel Chuck Rubright says the lawsuit is based on two components: the fees charged by CIESC and also asking that every Indiana school corporation be required to provide transportation to every student, which Rubright says goes beyond what the law requires.

“We think this is an issue that’s very important because there are some other school corporations that are about 6 months behind us about ready to do this,” he says. “So this needs to be resolved once and for all by a final judicial determination.”

Rubright says he expects Monday night that the school board will approve a resolution to defend the lawsuit. He says the attorney general’s opinion that charging a bus fee is unconstitutional is only advisory upon the district.

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