Lakota students deal with no busing

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - On Tuesday, thousands of students in the Lakota school district lost busing.

On Tuesday, the students battled rain, and later this week, it could be snow. Students say the weather is their biggest complaint

"Look at the weather," said a Lakota student. "Not everyday everybody can give you a ride to school. Walking ain't a problem. This just happened at the wrong time."

The district cuts include no bus service for both Lakota East and West High School and no buses for 7th and 8th graders that live within two miles from school, and kindergarten through 5th grade students that live less than one mile from school.

"What we looked at was what the state requires as minimum transportation," said district spokesperson Laura Kursman. "And that's a two mile no transportation zone. We knew that we wanted to get to that but we knew we had some work to do over the summer so we are phasing it in."

The cuts will save the district nearly $3 million a year once the full plan is in place.

Phase two of the bus cuts will take place in the fall of 2011 and double the amount of students that will lose their bus rides from 3,000 to 6,400.

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