DCS schools asking magnet school parents to opt out bus service

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Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 11:26 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Dothan City Schools is asking parents of children who attend magnet schools to consider not having their child ride the bus.

Dr. Edwards, Superintendent of Dothan City Schools, says the request was made for two reasons, the first is safety.

"The students can't be taken directly to a magnet school. We have buses crisscrossing all over, so they have to go to a hub. That can create supervision issues for the principals as well as the children," Edwards said.

Edwards also noted money as a factor in the request. Edwards says the systems spends approximately 1.2 million additional dollars over what is allotted from the state. Roughly $600,000 dollars is spent on magnet school transportation alone, money Edwards says could be better spent.

"If we could put some more reading teachers that would be wonderful," said Edwards.

Edwards says the money could also go towards the 3.1 million dollar security upgrades the school system is looking to implement.

If parents can't take their child to school, they're asked to contact the school system. Right now, the transportation director is collecting a list of students who will need to continue to ride the bus to the school system can be made accommodations.

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