Keller ISD to charge students for bus service

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 18 at 11:22 AM

KELLER - If you're a parent in the Keller Independent School District and want your child to ride the bus to school this coming year, get ready to dish out some dough. The district is paving the way for a new pay-for-ride system.

The system could mean paying anywhere from $200 to $360 per child each year. The district hopes to save up to $2 million with the change.

The district said they made the decision after residents turned down a property tax hike of 13 cents.

The pay-for-ride system will be in place for the some 7,000 students who live more than two miles from the school they attend.

According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, students would carry a card with a radio frequency identification tag to track their rides and payments.

For those students who cannot afford the change, the plan is for non-profit groups to help the students foot the bill.

The details are expected to be worked out at the board's next meeting on July 18.
 

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