Under Ohio school law, public school systems are only required to provide busing to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
State law, cost keep some Butler County high schools without busing
But if a district decides to exercise its local option of providing high school busing, which most of the state’s 613 districts do, the state mandates the school system must also provide busing to private school students residing in the district to any private school within a 30-mile radius of that family’s home.
In 2011, Fairfield — where 2,400 students attend high school — officials eliminated high school busing as a cost-saving move.
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Neighboring Lakota Schools has also been without school busing for the same reason since 2011.
“We decided on sophomores only because many are not eligible to drive themselves to school,” she said.
Fairfield officials also said the cost to provide busing will be approximately $175,000 per year starting with the 2017-2018 school year. This cost includes, fuel, maintenance of buses and hourly rates for drivers.
The bus service expansion will not require the hiring of more drivers or purchasing new buses, said Fairfield officials.