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.
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 Elementary School District closed in June 2011, sending about two dozen students to surrounding districts.