8/28/2013 9:02:00 AM Bus rider eligibility not a factor in HUSD
Prescott Valley Tribune
Cynthia Windham, finance director for the Humboldt Unified School District, explains why district-sponsored charter school students can ride district buses, and why it makes no difference to the formula the State uses when distributing transportation revenue.
The State sets the transportation funding formula, which includes eligible students and miles driven. Because of the formula, HUSD cannot include its District Sponsored Charter School students in this calculation for funding, as they are not considered eligible students.
HUSD will, however, continue to provide transportation to its DSCS students on district routes.
"We are able to do this because these students have continued coverage under our district liability insurance," Windham said, adding that there is no reason for the district not to provide transportation for its charter students.
The district will not receive any additional money, or any less money, for doing so.
"If the district were to reduce its routes, the transportation revenue would not change," Windham said.
The revenue calculation stays constant because of the formula established by the State.
Charter schools do not receive revenue for transportation mileage. However, they do receive additional dollars from the State that charters may use in any manner to support its operation. HUSD intends to use these additional dollars for signature programs at its schools.
"Even if we reduce the miles or reduced the number of students, based on the formula, the revenue calculation remains the same," Windham said.