Lake County School Board passes bus service fee for students

Students to pay $2 per day to take bus

Author: Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Published On: Oct 14 2013 08:04:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 15 2013 05:53:35 AM EDT
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TAVARES, Fla. -

Lake County School board members unanimously passed a service fee for students who live within two miles of their school Monday night.

The school district will now charge parents $2 a day, per child, to ride the bus. That's $330 dollars a year, per student. Low-income families will pay $1 per day.

Tina Riggs, who was at the board meeting, says she was disappointed that it passed. She says her family can't afford the fee and her grandchildren will have to continue to walk to school.

“Its extremely dangerous they have to cross over Road 473 which is a very busy highway,” said Riggs.

But Cyndi Barber tells Local 6 she approves the measure. She lives 1.7 miles from her son's school and is ready to pay up so that her son, who has severe asthma, can ride the bus.

“I'm thrilled because I went from no options to one,” said Barber.

The board also approved rules allowing the district to decide which children have a hazardous walk to school and may eligible for free bus rides. That's something Tina Riggs hopes is an option for her.

“I don't know why we are being overlooked,” said Riggs. “These kids are having to run across the highway.”

The school is hoping to start charging students in November using a pre-pay system.

So far, the school district says they've only been contacted by a dozen parents that may be interested in this option.