The Alexander County Board of Education has announced a special called meeting for Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting is to consider some school bus route consolidation. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 at the Board of Education Office on Liledoun Road in Taylorsville.
At the Board meeting on April 9th, Alexander County Schools Transportation Director John McCurdy presented a plan to consolidate middle and elementary school bus routes. The consolidation would save the school system up to an estimated $240,000 by parking seven yellow buses.
The advantages of the plan were cited as reduced ride times, increasing state efficiency rates, less travel for 30-day inspections and refueling, and better compliance on special routes. Some of the disadvantages cited were increased deadhead time which is travel time without students, elementary early dismissal days would require double runs, and the coordination of yellow school bus use for field trips.