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Savannah-Chatham County school board considering bus hub proposal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - School leaders are looking into a plan that could change how some Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students get to school -- and where they get picked up.

A presentation to the school board Wednesday outlined implementing bus "hubs" for high school students who go to choice schools. Those are schools which are out of their usual district.

That would mean instead of neighborhood pick-up for those 2400 students, they would go to one of 9 pre-determined spots around the county to meet the bus.

If it's put in place, it could save time for drivers and more than $830,000 for the school system.

"The option to try and do all three did not work, it was not cost effective. So to get some savings we said, 'Hey lets start with the high schoolers, they are more mature, they can get on and off without a parent,'" said Carol Valentine, SCCPSS Senior Transportation Director. "We will be there to assist, we will have some security there to help us out in case. You never know."

There was one more option presented to the board, having parents of choice school students drive their kids to and from school.

There will be more discussion next year and public meetings before a vote. Any changes will start in the 2019-2020 school year.

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