Hoover City Schools says "Bye-Bye" to buses - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Hoover City Schools says "Bye-Bye" to buses

Posted: Updated:
HOOVER - AL -

"Everyone's going to be doing it," 15-year-old, Mariana Brewer, said.

Brewer is one of the few teenagers who is scared to drive.

"I'm terrified," she said.

Starting in 2014 she will have to drive to school at Hoover High School, because Hoover City Schools is saying goodbye to the bus.

"This, first off, was a very difficult decision," Jason Gaston said.

Gaston, with Hoover City Schools, says in the past four years revenue, like property taxes and state funds, has declined by almost $100 million.

And now...cuts must be made.

"We are kind of in the business to making sure kids get to school," Gaston said. "But, we are definitely in the business of making sure when those students are in the classroom, they're getting a top-notch education."

"I was shocked," Felicia Brewer said.

Mariana's mother, Felicia never knew that Hoover City Schools weren't obligated to pick up her children. She's worried about the morning rush, the congestion and the timeliness.

"Parents are going to be looking for some way to get around this, because they've got to get to work," she said.

Also taking a hit will be dozens of bus drivers.

"Bus drivers...they will be affected by this," Gaston said. "It's an unfortunate casualty when you make a cut of this magnitude."

Bottom line, Gaston says these cuts are all about saving money.

By cutting the fleet, the bus drivers, the insurance and the fuel costs, Gaston says the school system will save about $2.5 million every year, which will go back into the classroom.

Until then, Mariana is pleading with the school system to reconsider.

"Don't make us all drive," she said. "Get the buses back. Kids are scared, I'm scared to drive."

Gaston says the school system is trying to determine what neighborhoods could carpool or walk to school. He says he understands some parents might want to move away from the school system because of this decision, but stresses the importance of the education value in Hoover City Schools.

Gaston says buses will still run to pick up students with special needs.

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Former Alabama player Ozell Powell shot to death in Greenville; 1 suspect arrested

    Former Alabama player Ozell Powell shot to death in Greenville; 1 suspect arrested

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:46:17 GMT
    Greenville police say they've arrested a man in the slaying of former University of Alabama football player Ozell Powell. Chief Lonzo Ingram says 22-year-old Eric Simmons was arrested early Thursday in the killing of the 40-year-old Powell, who was from Greenville.More >>
    Greenville police say they've arrested a man in the slaying of former University of Alabama football player Ozell Powell. Chief Lonzo Ingram says 22-year-old Eric Simmons was arrested early Thursday in the killing of the 40-year-old Powell, who was from Greenville.
    More >>
  • Alabama judge could avoid prosecution in Atlanta

    Alabama judge could avoid prosecution in Atlanta

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:37:19 GMT
    An Alabama federal judge could avoid prosecution for domestic violence in Atlanta. Programs help some defendants avoid criminal prosecution, and a defense lawyer says U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is open to such a chance in Fulton County.More >>
    An Alabama federal judge could avoid prosecution for domestic violence in Atlanta. Programs help some defendants avoid criminal prosecution, and a defense lawyer says U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is open to such a chance in Fulton County.More >>
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:14:33 GMT
    It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...