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Fight over courtesy busing heads to Hillsborough County School Board meeting

Posted at 2:02 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 06:25:37-04

Hillsborough County parents aren't giving up the fight for courtesy busing. Some feel their concerns aren't being heard, but the district says it is responding to concerns that meet state statute standards.

Hazardous walking conditions are the state statute parents and the school district are debating over.

"What exactly are the hazardous conditions I'm not meeting? Because from what I see, I meet every one of them," asked Amy Latimer, a parent whose two kids lost courtesy busing this year.

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The school district says courtesy busing was offered originally to new neighborhoods still under construction which lacked the proper infrastructure for safe walking conditions. After funding the program for years, the school board says many of those areas are now safe, and no longer need the courtesy buses.
 

IN DEPTH: Click here to learn how the district determines if your child is eligible for a bus.

"They're still roads like our roads with no streetlights, no sidewalks, no curbs, no place for the kids to walk," said Latimer.

The district says many of the issues parents are reaching out to them about don't fit state statute requirements. If you do feel an audit of your area meets state standards, you can fill out a hazardous review
request form
.

Chris Scigliano is one of many parents who asked the district to re-evaluate his area but says there's been zero response, which is why he's taking his concerns to the school board meeting on Tuesday, August 29.

"They need to re instate buses immediately and then reevaluate what they did. I mean, even if it's on the school by school basis," Scigliano said.

"I would love to be there but it's just not in the cards right now," said Kelly Cheney, a former teacher in the district. She'll be picking her two kids up from elementary school. They aren't affected yet, but she's trying to be proactive and hopes members of the school board will change their minds.

"The buses need to come back because it's a matter of time before we start seeing real tragedies happen," Cheney said.

The school board meeting starts at 3:00 p.m. at its offices located at 901 East Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.