Almost 200 Milford school children who have been taking the bus to school will be walking instead, the board of education decided last night.
The New Haven Register reports that the vote came as a result of a traffic expert’s report that states 180 children who ride buses could walk to school instead as of the 2014-2015 school year. No modifications would be needed for that to happen.
The board requested a school transportation audit to "find greater efficiencies and savings," according to an agenda item for the meeting and a traffic safety expert examined bus stops and routes over a four-month span.
With modifications to crosswalks, crossing guard locations and sidewalks, an additional 274 students could walk instead of taking buses.
Elementary students who are affected live within a mile of the school, while middle school students live within 1.5 miles and high school students live within two miles, the Register reports.
The breakdown on students from each school who would be affected, as well as who could be affected with some modifications, is posted on the Milford Schools Web site. (Scroll to page 15.)
Parents of the students who will be affected could get a letter about the change within two weeks and parents who don't want their children to walk could file an appeal.