State budget raises concerns over school transportation

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- Leaders say with the new proposed budget, classrooms could see a hit in resources and transportation for students.

One leader who worries the impact of Governor Bevin's budget proposal, the Scott County Superintendent Kevin Hub, says the proposal leaves an unsettling feelings.

"I think it is unfair to district leaders school leaders citizens in the commonwealth and boards of education to tell us seek and public education has not been touched," said Hub. " I think it assumes we can't do basic arithmetic."

A big concern for Hub and many other district leaders are the proposed changes to transportation funding.

In Scott County the district spends five million dollars each year to get students to and from school safely. Last year reimbursed 2.8 million dollars from the state.

"Pupil transportation is an essential function of public education," explained Hub.

The superintendent says the proposal by Governor Bevin would mean the school would have to cover 80% of their transportation bills.

"We will have to foot the bill for four million dollars of a five million dollar cost of an essential function," said Hub.

Hub certainly alarmed by the potential loss of several million dollars, however he says it is too early to pinpoint specific impacts.

"As a leader I'm not going to be chicken little. The sky is not falling. In Scott County we are a fiscally strong district."

Superintendent Hub saying unfortunately that is not the case for everyone involved.

"I have a lot of friends in other districts. I don't know how they are going to do it."

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