School board postpones hearing on proposal to trim school bus routes
The state Board of Education’s budget committee on Tuesday postponed a public hearing on a proposal from to eliminate some school bus routes because of an estimated $12 million deficit in the state’s school transportation budget.
The item will be heard at the board’s next general business meeting, Thursday at 3 p.m.
The DOE plans to eliminate some bus routes for secondary students in suburban Oçahu neighborhoods and potentially increase bus fares again, effective July 1, to match increases in student city bus fees of $1.25. Students currently pay 75 cents to ride the school bus, an increase that went into effect on Jan. 1.