MPS Reduces Number of Buses

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

When classes kickoff next week in Meridian, a number of students will not be able to ride the bus to school.

Because of the restructuring of the system, this year Meridian Public Schools is eliminating two of its bus routes and closely enforcing a 30-year-old state law that requires students who live within one mile of their school to walk or find alternate transportation to the campus.

Superintendent Charlie Kent said the crackdown is needed to make the buses more safe by reducing overcrowding, and also to save money.

"We are trying to streamline our budget," said Kent. "We've had some budget cuts from the state and there are just some things we need to do to ensure that we are running an efficient school district."

District officials say this change will reduce the number of buses that go to some elementary schools by two or three.

To ensure safety for the students who will have to walk to school, Kent said he plans to ask the city to add flashing lights, newly painted crosswalks and crossing guards areas leading to schools throughout the district.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    Just for a laugh, the last time I spent any time up North I could not convince people that I was not from South Carolina or Texas. According to everyone, I do mean everyone, (I'm not joking, this is true) I had contact with, those are the only states in the south where people really live. I showed my driver's license to people to prove I was from Mississippi. I had work done on my car, where the records from the manufacturer showed all the other work had been in Mississippi. I dealt with business people. Guess what, to this day they think I'm from South Carolina or Texas. I still shake my head in disbelief.
  • by Southerner By Choice Location: Meridian on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    To Appauled- plenty of grammatical errors in your post there Jersey! Too bad you choose to judge people by where they live. That's not any better than judging people by the color of their skin. What in the world are you reading our "ignorant" news from Mississippi for anyway?? Mind your business in your own backyard & we'll take care of ours. Now, to the point of this article... the decision to enforce this law should have been announced earlier to give parents more time to make other arrangements, but that didn't happen. Now, we just have to make the best of it and help out our neighbors to watch out for the children.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    To "appauled", can't you tell when someone is messing with you. Just because you think it, doesn't make it so. You are lumping people into one group when they don't fit. It's like me saying that all Northern people are arrogant, snotty and don't ever have a clue what they are talking about, like you for example. It may be true but to say it, is totally inappropriate and would only show my lack of understanding. That's why I would never say anything like that. I add, if someone doesn't like the south, they are free to leave, just like you are free to stay away, so please do.
  • by Small errors, appauled on Aug 23, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    That would be "appalled" and "break room." Might want to fix those errors before you post at your place of work up there in New Jersey. Some of us from down South do know how to spell, read, write, and decipher! Please don't lump us all in the negative category! :)
  • by appauled Location: new jersey on Aug 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    This is to anonymous2 you fit the stereotype of what we think of the south. You sound so stupid and definitely uneducated. For all the people whose stuck down south and have to continue to put up with these racist remarks my hats off to you because I couldn't it's a new day. I printed this off and posted up in the brake room for everyone to see you know black whites hispanic and asians and everyone of us agreed the south has not changed
  • by Tongue Location: Your Mouth on Aug 22, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    To concerned citizen-leave the principal's husband out of your mouth-truth be told, North Meridian-the big wheels in this town, approved of the fundraiser because donations to the UW were down and the Club needed more money to operate than allocated. Why do you insist on bashing the principal and bringing up testing violations? The topic of this blog is MPS Reduces Number of Buses. Please stick to the topic, or keep your lips zipped. There's already enough community divide without you hashing up old trash.
  • by Anonymous 2 Location: Not Downtown on Aug 21, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    Yo po fokes. Walkin' ain't easy just like the kid's daddy; who the kid don't know; who claims ______ ain't easy. Sides, too many of dem kids already got back and needs to walk. And there fat ___ mammas need to walk wit der kids, not sit on dat welfare porch and drink 40's. Dems yo chillin, take cares of yo chillin 'cause rest of us tired doing it fer ya.
  • by concerned citizen on Aug 21, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    Now let's get this straight...we allow testing violation laws to go uninforced - and even give the principal a raise...; we allow the principal's husband to sell doughnuts in the parking lot during all three lunch periods, which could have cost the district thousands of dollars, but we have decided to suddenly enforce a law to try to save money; why not cut some of the "pork" on the top to save money; MHS has entirely too many people in leadershiop positions. Since the principal obviously could not be trusted to follow policy, an "Associate" has been hired to 'help' her do her job...but the little kids have to walk to school in the rain and the cold. This school is so headed for a take-over. Parents, be prepared for the worst. Lamar is a wonderful alternative!
  • by Busy Body Location: Jack's Sunn on Aug 21, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    To following laws-put a sock in your mouth or up your ____. Just keep stirring in ____, and it will stink.Please allow Mr. Kent to do his job and stop bringing up the past. We're trying to move forward, why can't you?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    If they all walk to school together, there should be safety in numbers. Safer crossing the street, too. Drivers won't be able to miss a large crowd.
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