Eliminating Buses Won't Save $2.5 Million

and whatever isn't spent on buses won't go back into the classroom anyway

deficit in recurring expenditures

savings each year if buses are eliminated

savings would be put back into classroom

$12

MILLION

What the Board of Education told us

$2.5

MILLION

$2.5

MILLION

TOTAL PERCENT OF BUDGET

why it costs so much in local funds to run our school buses

other cuts they plan to make

The local cost to fund buses is 1.1% of the total FY14 budget

Shelby County runs three times the number of buses and maintains award-winning schools and high student achievement

The Board refuses to commit to any other cuts to shrink the deficit

1.1%

What the Board of Education didn't tell us

???

how much money will likely be saved?

nowhere near the projection of the superintendent

When you actually run the numbers, taking into account the cost of transporting children with special needs, the cost of the personnel in transportation administration, the cost of fuel, the portion of transportation that isn't funded by the state, and utilities for the transportation department, the savings are one-third of the savings the Superintendent stated.

$850,000

$

the debt payment increased by $2.8 million this year

One more detail the Board left out

That bit of money saved isn't going back into the classroom because it is already spent paying long-term debt.

so what is really going on here? Why target school buses for elimination?

6925

STUDENTS RIDING THE BUS

120

1700

BUSES RUNNING EVERY DAY

BUS STOPS EVERY DAY

SCHOOL BUSES ARE VITAL TO OUR COMMUNITY

Hoover's families have depended on school buses to transport their children to and from school every day for a quarter of a century. Families bought homes in Hoover with the expectation of school buses helping them achieve their goals of a fine education for their children.

Buses Have Been Running for 24 Years

what effect will this have on property values?

Real estate experts say that buyers with children are looking elsewhere because of the Board of Education's decision to eliminate buses. With neighboring school systems like Alabaster, Trussville, Jefferson County, and Shelby County offering not only buses, but affordable housing, families where both parents work will not choose Hoover.

Prior to making this decision, the Hoover Board of Education did not consider the impact on Hoover's roads, traffic congestion, and drive times for working parents. The Board of Education has now contracted with a traffic engineering firm to conduct traffic studies at all of Hoover's 17 campuses. The Board of Education has not yet released the cost of the study, nor would the Superintendent answer questions about the cost at the October board meeting.

what impact will this have on traffic and drive times?

Predictably, severe weather in the form of tornado warnings or ice and snow will impact Hoover during the school day. How will children stay safe when roads are impassable due to the number of cars trying to transport students?

how will emergency weather dismissals be handled safely?

sacred cows already taken off the table

School officials have already said these are areas they refuse to cut:

$1.9

million

$1.2

Million

SUPPLEMENTS FOR ATHLETIC COACHES

The Board of Education refuses to release the number of students who participate in athletics, but given that there are only 6,658 students in grades 7 through 12, fewer students participate in athletics than ride the bus.

EDUCATING NON-RESIDENT EMPLOYEES' CHILDREN

This is what it costs the citizens of Hoover every year to educate the children of employees who do not live in Hoover. Nearly $4,000 in local money is used to educate each child who does not live in Hoover.

PROTECTING THE ADULTS HAS TAKEN PRECEDENT OVER EDUCATING HOOVER'S CHILDREN

Those two sacred cows are directly related to benefits and payments for the grownups in our schools. School communities suffer when resources are preserved for the adults while taking resources away from children.

What school officials are saying

Andy Craig

superintendent

Cathy Antee

chief school financial officer

Paulette Pearson

board of education president

Donna Frazier

board of education vice president

Our hope was that the economy would rebound and our [cost-cutting] efforts would only be needed for a short while and we would return to a stable condition as we had in the past. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

There are so many [children] that have just gotten here. And we have not had the opportunity as kindergartners, 1st graders, 2nd graders to teach them.

If you can't afford to pay for the buses, there is a thing called carpool.

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A year or two of flat enrollment in this district would,from a purely financial standpoint, would be positive.

With barely 6 months left before buses are eliminated for Hoover's public school children, school officials will not provide any hard evidence that ending buses for our children will save any money at all.

why won't they produce the real answers?