Horizon School Division spent around $45,000 on parents’ mileage since September


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By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

With a shortage of bus drivers, the Horizon School Division has spent about $45,000 on mileage payouts to families within the division since September to ensure students can make it to school.
If the school division is unable to offer transportation to or from school for eligible families, Horizon is obligated to pay families out the cost of mileage to drive the students.
According to Justin Arendt, superintendent of operational services, it’s not something they normally have to do, because they typically have enough drivers to cover the routes.
“It ends up being basically that we’re forced to compensate parents at the current mileage rates to get them to school, and ideally we’d like to get them to school on a school bus,” he said.
“We’re going to have a pressing need for the foreseeable future based on where we’re at...continued.

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