Concerns about student safety on school buses caused two board of education members to stall what was expected to be quick approval of the final 2012-2013 budget. During a called meeting on Tuesday (July 31), the Barrow County school system’s board of education passed the district’s $89 million budget by a majority vote of 6-2. Board members Rickey Bailey and Will Dunn cast the ‘no’ votes after a pointed discussion related to how certain cost-saving measures in transportation impacts athletic coaches and students. Specifically, they questioned the ongoing training of coaches to drive buses to extracurricular sporting events, as well as the elimination this year of daily bus routes for middle and high school students who live within 1.5-miles of their schools.
For the full story, see the Aug. 1 issue of the Barrow Journal.