Lake Co. parents say students almost hit by cars after courtesy busing nixed



LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - The Lake County School District ended courtesy busing, which means students who live within 2 miles of their school won't be bused.

Channel 9 was there earlier this month when parents and their children protested the change, but the decision was finalized as the school year begins.

On Monday, parents acting as crossing guards told Channel 9's Berndt Petersen some children were almost struck by cars.

Parents whose children attend Eustis Middle School said Day 1 without courtesy busing was one of near misses.

The courtesy busing cuts will save the district about $650,000 annually, but more than 4,000 children will now have to either walk or be driven to school.

Parents said the big problem is the lack of sidewalks in many areas.