User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


52° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

 

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

District Asks If Parents Would Pay For Buses

October 23, 2012, 5:57 PM by Brady Mallory

District Asks If Parents Would Pay For Buses
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

She might be a mother of five, but you can add chauffeur to Jamie Schmidt's resume.

"It's a part time job," Schmidt said, in reference to driving her kids to and from school. 

Schmidt lives within the Sioux Falls School District, and her son goes to Early Childhood Development at Hawthorne Elementary.  However, she sends two of her kids to Baltic.  Schmidt said she would pay for bus service.

"That would save my whole, I mean my whole day is based on when they are picked up and dropped off from school," Schmidt said.

A survey was sent out via email to all middle and elementary school parents, with questions about the transportation system.  A big focus of the survey is for officials to see if there are more parents like Schmidt who have their kids open enrolled within the Sioux Falls School District. 

"We're not out looking for business," Todd Vik, Sioux Falls School District Business Manager, said.

Vik said parents have expressed interest in paying so their kids can ride the bus if the school they go to is not within their bus route or within walking distance.

"We hadn't had anything set up.  That's why, based on those requests, we put the strategy in to get a feel for what parents are willing to pay if we do set up a fee-based system," Vik said.

It costs the district about $190 per student per semester.  In total, the district pays about $2 million for 5,200 students to ride the bus during the year.  In the survey, parents are asked if they would be willing to pay that much or $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25 per student per semester. Right now, this is just about gathering information to evaluate the district's transportation system.

"Nobody needs to worry about, 'Yesterday, I was riding for free and tomorrow I am going to start paying,'" Vik said.

Not every parent we talked to said they would be willing to pay for their kid to ride the bus, but they declined to give an on-camera interview.  The district will put these survey results together in January.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Autistic Student Gets Royal Treatment

9/26/2014 4:55 PM

Friday night's homecoming at Brandon Valley High School is a crowning achievement for a senior who's living with autism.

Full Story | Watch
USD Students React To Camera In Shower

9/24/2014 5:55 PM

Women living at a USD dormitory say they're still feeling uneasy over a cell phone camera placed in a shower stall during the first week of school...

Full Story | Watch
Police Urge Caution After NDSU Student's Killing

9/27/2014 2:05 PM

Law enforcement officials in the Moorhead and Fargo, North Dakota, metropolitan area are pledging public safety and security while investigators look ...

Full Story
Teacher Wins $2,500 Grant

9/29/2014 6:08 PM

A 5th grade class is learning with Legos thanks to a national contest.

Full Story
Now That's Using Your Head

9/24/2014 5:00 PM

It's the kick heard around the world wide web.  Last Friday night, a high school senior from Dell Rapids lined up for what he thought was goi...

Full Story | Watch


Events