Make sure your child rides the school bus next week!

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If your child usually rides an Edmonds School District bus, make sure that he or she rides next week. That’s when drivers will count each student who rides the bus in the morning, as well as those who ride the kindergarten bus at midday. Why are those numbers important? Because they determine the amount of funding the District Transportation Department receives from the State of Washington, which in turn preserves more dollars for the classroom.

Here’s why: The district already uses local levy dollars (last year, approximately $4 million) to cover the gap in transportation funding because the state’s formula doesn’t cover actual costs. These levy dollars also directly fund classroom expenses, such as curriculum and salaries.

So by ensuring that all assigned bus riders are on the bus during the “count” week, the District can recoup the maximum amount of transportation funding that is can, meaning more dollars for the classroom!

If you have any questions, call 425-431-1400.

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