School bus crisis - information, interviews and photos

According to KMUD News:
In the 2012-2013 California State Budget the Governor, Jerry Brown, proposes a complete elimination of funding for the School Transportation Program. For the Southern Humboldt Unified School District (SHUSD), which on average buses 650 of its 780 students every day, this cut will be disastrous. In response to the state funding cuts, at a special meeting on January 3 about the transportation issues,  the SHUSD Board voted to send layoff notices to all 14 of its transportation employees, including 11 bus drivers.  The threat of loss of school bus service has caused frustration and anger and mobilized residents in rural Southern Humboldt to find ways to restore bus service.

For more background on this issue follow the links below:
Click here for California Watch
Click here for Redwood Times Article: "Sacramento payback led to transportation cuts"
Click here for Redwood Times Article: "School board votes to send layoff notices to transportation workers"
Click here for "The Bus Stop to Nowhere, Southern Humboldt Chapter"
Click here to get parent sample letter protesting transportation cuts.
Click here to get community member letter protesting transportation cuts.
Click here for the Agenda for the Special SHUSD Board meeting Jan. 20, 2012.
Click here for a flyer giving information about "Field Trip" to Sacramento to advocate for reestablishing transportation funds.

To track this crucial community issue, KMUD News has done a series of interviews which can be heard and downloaded using the players below.


The photos below were taken by Serena Wells at the January 3 meeting at the Redway Elementary School.