Lake County parents protest after district cuts courtesy busing



TAVARES, Fla. - Parents in Lake County are picketing for a second day after learning the school district will cut courtesy busing for students who live within 2 miles of their schools.

Another group of protesting parents spent Friday picketing outside the Groveland chiropractic office of school board member Tod Howard.

Parents told Eyewitness News they're furious over the district's decision to eliminate courtesy busing.

The school board spent most of the summer working with a budget that was $16 million short and courtesy busing became a casualty. Letters went home to parents last week.

The change affects 4,000 children and will save the district $650,000.

Parent with children who attend Triangle Elementary School in Mount Dora said their kids would have to walk across two very busy highways with no sidewalks and no crosswalks to get to school.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday. It will be the first meeting since parents officially got word that courtesy busing was done.