The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

July 16, 2013

Hoover school system cuts bus service to save money

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama's best-funded public school systems says it's ending school bus service to save money.

The Hoover city school board voted Monday night to eliminate bus routes for everyone but special education students beginning in August 2014.

Buses will run as normal during the upcoming school year. But officials say cutbacks will save $2.5 million annually after that.

Hoover is located in suburban Birmingham and it's ranked among the state's leaders in per-pupil spending.

A statement from the school system says the cuts are needed to save money during a period of declining revenues and increasing costs.

The system says overall funding is down $96.8 million over the last four years, but enrollment is increasing.

Officials have reduced spending in other areas to help make up the difference.

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