RSU taxpayers are appalled by the expense of administrators traversing the distance between Katahdin and SACS. How will they feel about busing costs for children? ..in fuel, wear and tear…. ? ….in lost educational and involvement opportunities for children and families?
“…Rural school busing might indeed be understood by people in the communities whose schools have been consolidated as a sort of continuing contingent damage; although the schools are gone (the initial damage), long bus rides continue to impose hardships on the community’s children (Spence 2000a; Zars, 1998). Witham (1997) argues that children’s time on long rides has economic value that is not accounted for in consolidation schemes….” “…We suggest that findings from this study might inform discussions about a) elementary enrollment levels need to assure rides of appropriate duration; b) the influence on one-campus models of district organization on length of ride; and, c) acceptable grade-span configurations for rural schools. Enlarging schools by increasing grade span might, in fact, be preferable to enlarging schools by increasing attendance area….” Read the full study Riding the School Bus – Howley, Howley and Shamblin