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Ossining Residents To Vote On Bus Limit Changes

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OSSINING, N.Y. -- Bus limits for many Ossining students could change if voters approve a school district proposal later this month.

The board of education proposed a change in busing limits aimed at saving more than $400,000 in the 2013-14 budget.

The proposal would reduce busing limits for fourth-grade students from one mile to half a mile; maintain the one-mile limit for fifth grade; increase the distance for grades six through eight from one mile to 1.5 miles; and increase the distance for high school from 1.5 miles to two miles. If approved by the voters, these changes would save the district an estimated $413,262.

“We achieved significant savings in the transportation budget last year, but in order to reduce costs further we must change the busing limits,” Interim Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said in a statement to residents. “This is one of many areas being reduced or modified in an effort to close the budget gap.”

Residents can vote on the proposal April 16 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Ossining High School.

The busing change came because the district is facing a multi-million-dollar budget gap next year, administrators said.

Other program cuts or changes under consideration include modified sports, Pre-K, teaching assistants, support staff, guidance staff, high school electives, before and after school programs and summer school, the district said.

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