When the school year starts in the fall, students in the Upland Unified School District will have to find a different way to get to class. The district is cutting home-to-school transportation for students in grades 7-12 in a move expected to save $256,000. Jacob Rascon reports from Upland for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 5, 2012.
During summer school, when there is never regular bus service, Julian Garcia takes the time to walk his friend Kimberly to her home thirty minutes away.
"It's bad, because most of the time when girls walk home, a lot of guys try hitting on them and stuff," Garcia said.
For that, and other reasons, hundreds of students and their parents at the various Upland middle and high schools, look forward to the bus service at the start of the school year. But for some students this fall, there will be no buses.
"Due to severe and ongoing funding cuts by the State of California, and in an effort to balance the district budget, busing will no longer be available to general education students entering grades 7-12," according to a letter from the UUSD to parents scheduled to go out Monday.
Parents are concerned.
"They depend on it because they work. Everybody has to work, so they depend on the bus," parent Concha Robles said.
The change will not and cannot apply to special education students whose busing is protected by federal laws.
School officials say the change will save the district an estimated $256,000.