Muncie school officials say students could face more crowded buses and longer rides next year because of the state's refusal to let the district stop transportation at the end of this year.
The Indiana Department of Education denied the request Jan. 10. That's two months after Muncie voters rejected a property tax increase that would have provided $3.3 million for bus service.
The Star Press reports the district's transportation fund has fallen 89 percent.
Chief Financial Officer Mark Burkhart says the district needs to find $2 million even if it restructures routes and expands walk zones. He says that money would come from the general fund and result in staff cuts.
The district is using reserve funds to keep 74 buses running through the end of the year.
Information from: The Star Press
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