Restructuring schools: Longer bus routes take toll on children, budgets in rural school districts

In rural areas of Oklahoma, school district consolidation can mean long, tiring bus rides for schoolchildren and thousands of dollars in fuel and insurance costs for districts.

BY CELIA AMPEL Modified: July 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012

Jaelin Cox, 6, attended prekindergarten three miles from her home in rural Cimarron County. She would get on the bus at 8 a.m. and be home a little after 3 p.m.

Then Plainview...

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