THOMASBORO — Many Thomasboro Grade School students will have to find alternate means of getting to and from school and school-related activities.
Transportation has been eliminated for in-town students as well as preschool classes and for most sports road contests for the 2012-13 school year. Only students living 1.5 miles from town or east of U.S. 45 will be transported by bus to and from school.
The school district received state approval of its hazardous routes plan, which allow the district to eliminate most busing to school, and will result in the employment of a crossing guard across the Canadian National Railroad tracks through town — the first time the school has had a crossing guard.
The elimination of buses will mean that many students will have to walk to school or be taken by their parents.
The school board also voted last month to eliminate sending eighth-grade students to Rantoul Township High School for algebra classes.
Superintendent Michelle Ramage said the action is due to a lack of state funding for state transportation. The district receives only two payments instead of four from the state each year.
The reduction of most busing to school will save the district an estimated $37,000.