NCCS prepares for budget woes

Board president calls crisis ‘perfect storm’

— Additionally, Letourneau said he wanted to know whether the district might be able to, with the children’s safety taken into account, transport fewer students in accordance with a state education busing law.

The district doesn’t have to bus anyone in grades K-5 who lives under two miles away, Letourneau said. Similarly, the district doesn’t have to bus anyone in grades 6-12 who lives less than three miles away.

“Regardless of what the law says, the safety of the students is paramount,” Letourneau said. “I don’t think anyone’s comfortable with having somebody walking on roads leading to the [Champlain] school.”

In contrast, in Rouses Points and Mooers, which are home to district elementary schools, there are sidewalks and crossing guards which make for a safer walking route, Letourneau said.

Board member Tammy Gonyo said the district doing more of its work digitally would save money.

Board member Lynn Grovine said the district might consider sharing services, such as busing, with other districts.

“Down the road that’s another option that we could possibly look into,” Grovine said. “I think that’s going to be the trend.”

Letourneau said he thought many would misunderstand sharing services to mean consolidation.

“It’s not,” Letourneau said. “It’s mutually beneficial.”

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