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To remedy that, specific drop off and pickup points were identified at all elementary schools instead of different spots in the community, so parents knew when and where their children were being dropped off.
So far, the vast majority of riders are Challenge Center students. They account for 40 of the 64 morning riders and 62 of the 85 afternoon riders.
"It's been fabulous for our family, this year, to have another option after school for pickup," Reiter said. "We just started second semester, and I know a lot of families added second semester after hearing good things about it from other classmates. New Balance Trail Shoes Womens
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Vik said the district planned to use a minimum of five bus routes throughout the district, but interest was lower than anticipated, so only three buses are being used. He said some parents hesitated to commit because they wouldn't know exactly when their New Balance 1260v4 Women's
Families who use the service pay $150 per child per semester or $100 or $50, depending on family income to have a student bused from a nearby elementary school to the specialized school they attend. Challenge Center students used to get free rides, but the school board ended that practice this year in order to subsidize the fee based busing program.
Cicely Schock, whose son Ryan attends the Challenge Center, grew accustomed to the free rides. Schools once were required to bus gifted students because Congress considered them special education students; that was changed in 1994, but Sioux Falls kept busing its gifted students free through New Balance 2018 Sneakers last year.
Despite a slow start this year, the Sioux Falls School District will continue testing a new fee based busing program for elementary school students who don't attend their neighborhood school.
Sioux Falls used to spend $115,000 per year on free busing for Challenge Center students. This year, the district will spend $94,500 on the fee based program and expects to get $22,000 in revenue, for a net cost of $72,500. The addition of the middle school program will tack on another $45,000 in costs but an increase in ridership will offset that somewhat.
Now, Ryan rides only the bus home from the Challenge Center, which can take an hour or more, Schock said. But her son doesn't mind. He gets to spend time with his friends and do his homework or required reading. He is dropped off about eight houses away from home.
Ridership creeps upParticipation grew by eight students for the second semester, both in the morning and afternoon. School board member Carly Reiter's two children are among the new after school riders.
children would be dropped off after school.
The school district generally provides free busing for students who don't live near their school, but that privilege is not extended to those who openenroll at a different school. The school board last year agreed to offer fee based rides for those children, as long as they attend one of the district's specialized schools Spanish immersion at Rosa Parks, All City at Jane Addams, Eugene Field A+ Elementary and the Challenge Center at Garfield.
She said next year, her son's route should be shorter. He'll be picked up and dropped off at his home school, and there will be fewer stops at homes or day cares for other students.
The school board on Monday agreed to extend the pilot into a second year and expand it to students heading to Edison Middle School next year for new Spanish immersion and honors programs there.
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"We originally said we'd pick up at any elementary school they desire, and in the afternoon, we were going to have longer routes and drop off near their homes," Vik said. "Parents weren't overly enthusiastic about that. They like the shorter routes and more precise timing."
two years that he attended the Challenge Center, busing was part of the programming," Schock said. "We were very used to the convenience of the bus, and we live five miles or so away from the Challenge Center, so to drive him to and from every day isn't very realistic. He was used to the bus, so this fee based option just seemed natural to continue for convenience. Fee or no fee, we were going to be busing him."
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to use the busing system," she said. "Next year will be his last year at the Challenge Center, and we're looking forward to the home school situation and more than willing to pay for it."
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