Westlake school officials plan to cut busing to nearly 200 students to avert ‘impractical’ costs

The district’s treasurer said steep, per rider costs pushed the proposal forward

Westlake school officials plan to cut busing to nearly 200 students to avert ‘impractical’ costs

WESTLAKE, Ohio (WOIO) - In a move to avert “impractical" expenses, the Westlake City Schools District is close to cutting bus service to eight of the 13 non-public schools it serves.

According to Treasurer Todd Hopkins, costs range anywhere from $2,200 to $23,000 per non-public school rider, and he said the district can no longer shoulder the expense.

“During a review of transportation services for non-public students, the district opted to deem those services impractical for schools that have a cost of 125% or more than the Westlake average of about $1,600 (per rider). Eight schools—Albert Einstein Academy, Holy Trinity, Lake Ridge Academy, Lakewood Catholic Academy, St. Angela Merici, St. Brendan, St. Christopher, and St. Paul Lutheran schools were deemed impractical for transportation services,” said Hopkins.

He said the following factors played into the potential cuts:

1. The time and distance required to provide the transportation

2. The number of pupils to be transported

3. The cost of providing transportation in terms of equipment, maintenance, personnel, and administration

4. Whether similar or equivalent service is provided to other pupils eligible for transportation

5. Whether and to what extent the additional service unavoidably disrupts current transportation schedules

6. Whether other reimbursable types of transportation are available

The decision would impact 174 students, and there is an appeal process.

The cuts could take effect during the upcoming school year.

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