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Madison Co. Schools reveals results of survey

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In order to alleviate bus overcrowding, the district is considering staggered start times and doubling up on routes. In order to alleviate bus overcrowding, the district is considering staggered start times and doubling up on routes.
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MADISON COUNTY (WAFF) -

Madison County parents are giving passionate input on the school system's plan to rearrange their school bus schedules. The school system asked families for opinions on the plan and thousands of them weighed in.

The school system got 5,048 responses to its questions about staggering bus schedules. County school leaders said the study proves they've got some very enraged families.

The problem is overcrowding on the county's limited number of school buses. The school district is considering busing elementary and middle school kids to school a little earlier in the morning, and high school kids later so the buses can make two trips with fewer kids in them.

Parents, teachers, and a few students surveyed mostly favored the second plan of starting earlier, getting the younger kids to school by 7:30 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m.

In hundreds of comments, some parents suggested raising taxes to buy buses or complained about wear and tear on them.

Officials enjoyed one suggestion of charging $10 a week for school bus service. They said that would raise $5 million and get the county all the new school buses it would ever need. Trouble is, that would be illegal.

Superintendent David Copeland said the district still hasn't decided which, if any of the plans it will go with, but the input has been extremely valuable.

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