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At Public Hearing, Muncie Can Weigh In On School District’s Move To Cut Busing

Mount Vernon Community School bus driver Dan Henighan waits to pick up students from an elementary school outside Fortville.

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana (File)

A bus driver waits to pick up students from an elementary school outside Fortville.

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.

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