SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — This year’s school budget was a tough one for the district which is set to lose 67 positions.

The district has had to make many adjustments, including busing services.

Last year, many residents were displeased when the school district discontinued courtesy busing in some neighborhoods. This affected around 250 families.

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The situation has not improved this year. But district administrators have come up with a solution.

The district has introduced a new late bus fee – $50 per season or $100 annually

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The district has also introduced a subscription busing service for $720 annually. Those wishing to use the service will have to pay in full and it is non-refundable.

So who qualifies for subscription busing?

K-8 students who live between 1 to 2 miles from their school and high school students who live 1.25 and 2.5 miles from their school are eligible to avail of the service.

Students who live 3 to 5 miles away from school and who are already getting bus service will not have to pay for the subscription service.

Who qualifies for free busing?

Students who live in neighborhoods designated as “hazardous routes” will get free busing. An example of a hazardous route is Royal Oaks neighborhood that is just off Route 1.

Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) will also continue to avail of free busing services.

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Similarly, students who are transported to a district program at a school other than their home school will continue to avail busing service free of charge.

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