Lakewood, NJ – Township streets are about to get a lot more crowded during school hours.
Thousands of nonpublic and public schools students will be forced to either walk to school or find their own transportation next September under the school district’s new $151 million budget.
The township school district has decided to eliminate courtesy busing for public and nonpublic students in fourth through 12th grades as part of its district spending plan – a move that some community leaders said could create safety issues as well as gridlock in the township.
Instead of preserving the busing for older students who live within 2.5 miles of their school, the Board of Education opted to preserve the practice for younger students who live within 2 miles for their schools. The board also decided not to move ahead with a ballot question that would have asked voters to spend millions more to fund courtesy busing for all students in all grades. Read more at the Asbury Park Press.