Lafayette school board members need more time to review possible changes to school bus routes

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Lafayette Parish School Board members said they need more time to review possible changes to bus routes and bell times before making any final decisions.

According to a study by the district's transportation vendor, the system could save millions of dollars each year by eliminating bus transportation for students who live a mile or closer to school, cutting bus transportation for Schools of Choice and/or changing arrival and dismissal times.

Transportation Director Damon Evans tells The Advertiser ( Louisiana law and district policy already establishes a one-mile no transportation zone.

Evans said enforcing the rule could create 30 percent to 40 percent more vehicle traffic at some schools.

The study found the system could cut 20 to 30 bus routes by enforcing a one-mile no bus zone and save $55,000.

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