HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — About 6,000 students will have to find another way to school in 2014.
That’s how many students the Alabama Education Association estimates will be affected by the Hoover by the board of education’s decision to cut bus services.
About 50 Hoover City Schools employees gathered at a meeting Monday night to brainstorm about what, if anything, can be done to keep school buses rolling in Hoover for the 2014-2015 school year.
With the help of the AEA, the group hopes to get the eyes and ears of city and school officials and reverse school board’s decision to cut the services.
Richard Brewer has been driving buses for 10 years and was shocked by the news.
“They dropped this news on us so quickly. I went to bed Monday night, Tuesday morning I got an e-mail that says they’re shutting down transportation and I read it two or three times and I couldn’t believe it,” said Brewer.
“The employees who work in the schools, the people who live here, shop here, they want transportation for their students. It’s a safety issue. Research shows that the best way to get children to school is on a school bus,” said Dana Clement, AEA Uniserv District 29 Director.
Many are concerned areas that are already congested will become much worse and that highly trafficked roads will be unsafe for students to walk to school.
Jason Gaston, spokesperson for Hoover City Schools says, “We are aware of the meeting held tonight and respect employees rights to see more information.”
The Hoover Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on July 29th and it is expected to be heavily attended by concerned