State education officials have set a date for a public hearing at which they’ll consider whether to allow Muncie Community Schools officials to go forward with a move to eliminate the district’s busing services.
The hearing will take place on Dec. 9 at Northside Middle School, starting at 5 p.m.
Muncie school officials say the voters’ recent rejection of a referendum means they cannot afford to wait the state-mandated three years before cutting busing, which costs the district more than $3 million per year.
They’ve asked for a waiver from that requirement — that’s what state officials will be considering at the hearing.
As we’ve reported, should state officials turn down the request, Muncie Community Schools buses would have to stay on the road — and the district would have to pay for them — for at least the next two years.