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Saved jobs will mean longer bus rides in Oldham County

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Oldham County School District is telling parents that bus rides may be longer this school year in an effort to save jobs.

Tracy Harris, the Oldham County Schools Spokeswoman says, "We are saving enough to keep about 10 more teachers in classrooms and a lot of reductions on the routes were positions that were already open, so not a lot of people were actually reduced."

A week before school starts, training is still underway, as 200 bus drivers will soon hit the road, driving more than 1.5 million miles each year, all over the county. We're told 7,000 students ride the buses each day.

But class start and end times are changing, so buses will have time to come back and get another route. It also means longer bus rides for some students.

Harris says, "At worst, some of our students might have 10 or 15 minutes longer."

The district says condensing the bus routes also saved close to $600,000.

Harris says, "We really looked at every area of the district. We cut about 3 million in expenditures this year, and this was one of the areas where we were able to find some of that."

With the new routes, the first pick-up will be around 6:25 in the morning, and the last drop-off is at 5:10 p.m., instead of 4:45 p.m.

The buses will be hitting the road next week for the first day of school on Tuesday.

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