Parents outraged at school bus changes

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - With a $4.3 million budget gap the Nampa School District has cut certain bus routes that about 220 kids took to after school programs. Now parents are trying to find ways to get their kids to those locations.

Starting January 7th the district will no longer drop students off at Boys & Girls Club, Nampa Recreation Center for Kids in Action, and The Salvation Army. Many working parents who can't leave work early enough to pick up their children rely on the program to get their kids to a place that is safe and has supervision. Some are worried not only about kids being home alone, but the loss of programs they will no longer have.

"It's helped them so much with their schooling with their math and their reading because they have the teenage program from the teen center that come down and help them with their homework," said Brigitte Wallace who two children use the bus.

Wallace works in Boise and said her schedule doesn't allow her another option. She also likes the fact the Boys & Girls Club only cost $20 a year and is a safe place for kids to be after school.

We did try to contact the school for comment, but did not hear back. In an email to parents sent out Friday. The school noted the extra busing cost $84,000 a year, and they would have to charge each student $380 which they said is unreasonable. According to the email the state does give some money for busing kids to and from home, but none for after school programs.

Parents like Wallace are willing to pay the $380 per child because they say the alternative would be much more.

"I think they would be more than willing to pay the $380 dollars a year to bus the kids rather than pay $300-$400 a month for daycare," said Wallace.

Some parents are angry because they feel their kids are suffering from mistakes made by the district which led to the huge budget shortfall. Wallace does admit that she didn't pay close attention to the several meetings about the budget issues. She also didn't realize how bad it was.

Now parents at certain schools are trying to work with councilors to try and figure out some way to get their kids to the after school programs.