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Hoover BOE gives green light to school bus fees, now awaits court approval

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The Hoover Board of Education approved school bus fees for the 2014-15 school year, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (abc3340.com) The Hoover Board of Education approved school bus fees for the 2014-15 school year, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (abc3340.com)

HOOVER, Ala. -- Students in Hoover may have to start toting more than just lunch money to school next year after the board of education unanimously approved school bus fees Thursday night.

In swift fashion, Hoover Board of Education members gave the go-ahead to charge students who are not at or below the poverty level $2.26 per day or $40.75 a month for an unbuckled lift to school on a yellow Blue Bird bus.

The board's decision now awaits approval by the US District Court.

To see a complete breakdown of the proposed school bus fees, click here.

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UPDATE: 

Parents told ABC 33/40 they are not happy with what they say are high fees. 

"I think it should be free because you're caring for the kids on the bus for safety," Michael Coats, a Hoover student said.

"On my tight budget that's going to be a little bit of a problem at this time," Larrye Kelly, a Hoover parent said. "Hopefully by the time school starts  maybe I can handle this but when you pay taxes in Hoover you wouldn't think you would have to pay anything to have your child ride the bus."

"If you're on a budget you depend on that set budget," LaShandra Kirkman, a parent said. "With me, it would probably be ok but with other families around there I talk to, they depend on that bus."

"We wanted to arrive at a fair and equitable place recognizing those various hardships, those various differences," Andy Craig, Hoover Superintendent said. "We looked at things like the per capital income."

Superintendent Andy Craig says the board closely followed guidelines from the Department of Justice. We asked why the fees were added to the agenda so late...

"It was a late developing item primarily from the standpoint of just - there were discussions with the Justice Department today on this," he said.

The board's decision now awaits approval by the U.S. District Court.

"I don't like that it takes money from my family," Coats said. "We have to live on our own. We have to budget and stuff like that."
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