Rehiring bus drivers will make Paso Robles students safer, a school administrator said Wednesday.
Tonight, the school board will consider using a portion of federal funding it recently received to recall five laid-off drivers. While the money was meant to rehire teachers, Paso Robles Public Schools district can use it to recall other school employees as well, said Gary Hoskins, assistant superintendent of business.
Forced to slash its budget because of state cuts, the district had thinned transportation by 20 percent. As a result, younger students within three miles of school and older students within five miles of school were going to lose their bus routes.
That caused concern among parents, Hoskins said.
“And we agree,” said Hoskins, who prepared a report recommending bus drivers be rehired. “Especially with small kids having to walk to school.”
With safety in mind, the administration first addressed busing once it was announced last week that President Obama had signed the funding measure. Now the administration will look at rehiring some of its 140 laid-off teachers and support staff.
In addition to federal dollars, the Paso Robles city council will provide $16,000 to bus students to after-school programs. Approved by the council Tuesday night, the money, from youth scholarship funds, matches $15,000 provided by five local after-school programs.