School activity bus fails to make it into budget |

School activity bus fails to make it into budget

Tonya Bina
Grand County CO Colorado

Upon inquiry from Winter Park Town Council, the East Grand School Board members agreed to not fund an after-school activity bus to the Fraser Valley.

At present, the East Grand School District does not supply activity buses. One does travel to Grand Lake, which was funded by the Grand Lake Metropolitan District starting this fall because of the closure of Grand Lake Elementary School last spring. The recreation district paid $11,868 for a bus that would transport Grand Lake students home after Granby’s after-school and sports programs.

East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas did share with board members that an activity bus would be classified as providing route miles, according to the Colorado Department of Education, which means the cost of funding such a bus would result in less out of the district’s pocket than if classified as “activity bus” miles.

Route miles are subsidized by the state as well as the transportation mill levy override approved by voters of Grand County in 2006. Activity busses to Winter Park, Grand Lake and Hot Sulphur Springs would cost from $20,000 to $30,000 in route miles for bus repair, the bus driver and fuel costs, Karas said.

If classified as 100 percent “activity bus” miles, the cost would be $70,000 to $80,000 out of the district’s general fund.

If the district had to purchase buses to accommodate activity routes, no matter the classification, that would be purely out of the general fund, she said.

Upon discussion, board members decided funding activity routes was not a district priority at this time, and that an activity bus would need to be paid for by the town or the community at large.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19603.

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