Money for buses short as new school year starts

Teachers in the Cache County School District are back in their classrooms today and Cache Superintendent Steve Norton says the students will arrive on Thursday, but budget cuts are making for a lean year for one department in the district.Norton says there are just more than 50 new teachers this year, which is about half as many as in the past. He said buses also start rolling on Thursday and the most severe budget cuts faced by the school district were made in the area of transportation. He said the district will have to infuse money into the transportation program until the state is healthy enough to put money back in.”We only were able to purchase two new buses when normally we would be buying seven buses,” Norton said. “We really wouldn’t have bought any but there was a grant out there similar to the clunker program on cars if you would take a couple of older buses out of your fleet, and we certainly had those.”Norton said the state also has done away with depreciation money for buses.

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