Lawton schools lost 500 bus stops this year to fuel hikes, and the district is not alone. Guthrie, Shawnee and Blanchard also are cutting stops and routes.
Nationwide, 99 percent of superintendents say rising fuel and energy costs are affecting their school systems, according to a survey released last month by the American Association of School Administrators. Many of the 546 superintendents surveyed said they will consider or are considering eliminating and consolidating bus routes this year.
The Oklahoma City School District, however, will add five routes. The new routes are necessary because Centennial High School is moving, and the distance to the new location means every student is eligible for bus service, district Transportation Director Stephen Foster Jr. said.
Still, the district condenses routes so they are more efficient, Foster said. He estimated the department saves $1 million every year by doing so.
The city district's transportation budget, which also covers maintenance, salary and related costs, is $7.
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