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Muncie schools transportation waiver denied by state

by Cameron Ridle

January 10, 2014

The Indiana Department of Education has denied Muncie Community Schools’ waiver to end school transporation at the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Now the district has to find another way fund school buses a minimum of two years, and that may mean job cuts, including teacher layoffs. IPR’s Cameron Ridle reports.

Muncie Community Schools released this statement about the denied waiver:  The Muncie Community Schools Waiver Petition has been denied. This was not a surprise. As we stated in the Waiver Hearing on December 9th 2013; “Muncie Community Schools needs and wants the buses to transport students”. However, as the IDOE has pointed out, the funds are not there for transportation. “The protected tax statute requires school officials to prioritize payments to debt services at the expense of other non-protected funds such as the capital projects, transportation, or bus replacement funds – this is an unenviable position in which Muncie Community Schools has been placed.”