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School bus cuts mean kids walk

Thu., July 8, 2010, midnight

EVERETT – Children in Everett will be walking up to a mile to get to school next year. The budget saving plan has some parents worried about traffic and safety.

The school board says the plan will save the district more than $400,000.

Letters will be sent to families with suggested walking routes. The state pays for bus service to homes outside a one-mile radius of schools. The district has been paying for student transportation within that circle.

The new plan takes seven buses off the roads and gives about 12 percent of the district’s 18,400 students some exercise.

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