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10 FRIDAY JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Statewide effort could lower transportation bills By Melissa Steele Delmarva Transportation would the philosophy behind the law - cost or what the cost savings toprovide consistency for achild would be. who is shuffled through different State officials are working out Cape Superintendent Robert home situations. However, she a deal to lower costs for busing Fulton said the act's broad deft- said, she is not sure busing is in homeless children to school, a nition of homelessness strains the best interest of the child. plan that could save Cape Henlo- district finances. "Does it seem reasonable for a pen school district some money. "It puts us in an interesting child to get up at 4 a.m. to go to The federal McKinney-Vento position," he said. "It's definitely a school that's an hour and a half Homeless Assistance Act re- been a challenge for us."away?" she questioned. quires school districts to bus Board member Jen Burton Burton said she has had dis- students who enroll in the dis- agrees and questions how the cussions with school board trict, but who live beyond district program is run. members throughout the state boundaries. "I'm defmtely concerned about who agree that homeless student At December's Cape schoolthe accountability and the cost, busing should be changed. board meeting, officials said the but also the logistics of the con- She said there seems to be a cost of transporting these chil- tract," she said. breakdown of communication dren was more than $450,000; According to district infer- between parents and officials those costs are about $220,000 mation, there are currently 75 who determine students should through December for the students living outside the school be bused. 2013-14 school year. The state district who are driven to Cape "I know there's the law and us, Department of Education pays schools by Delmarva Transpor- but what's going on in between?" 90 percent of the total, leaving tation. Thirteen students live in she asked. the district to pay l0 percent, said Lincoln, eight in Georgetown State education officials Oliver Gumbs, Cape's director of and Harrington has seven, and declined to comment on the business operations. Dover and Seaford, three each. definition of homeless students. State officials plan to bid out Mariner Middle School has the According to the district pre- these services to lower the cost, most students who use homeless sentation, foster children are Gumbs said. transportation with 22, followed considered homeless, as are stu- State education officials con- by H.O. Brittingham with 16 and dents who have been displaced tacted Jan. 7 had no further Cape Henlopen High Schoolfrom their original homes and information on how much a new with 15. are now living in mobile home contract with Greenwood-based Burton said she understands communities. CAPE SCHOOL DISTRICT and state officials save money on busing homeless students. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO are working out a contract to ANDERSON FLOOR &HOME FLOORING IS WHAT WE DO! We install: Carpet Vinyl Ceramic Hardwood Vinyl tiles Laminate Commercial & Residential flooring Area Rugs Come see our new collection of indoor & outdoor area rugs. [ THE SOCIAL SECURITY Administration along Route 9 near Lewes. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO will rent office space in this complex dm ' ' ; .lu tlusJ'. ,',ut, 5ua;h'ume, .-. . PtAYEUS l l;(; l( Y BILI [ t/~t)~ , 1 off, Pettyjohn: Action taken without input J, All In-Stock' ! i I Billiard ! ! ! . I ByRonMacArthur agency that doesn't,have any I Accessories I ' .ll ~ /~~ i I Not valid with other coupons or prior purchases. I knowledge of the area, said Sen. TABLES . POOLS /il L =, == == Offer expires 2-7-14 : ' Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown. '35465 Wolfe Neck Rd. * Routes 1 & 24, Next to Kid's Cottage II w n .aqualeisure'pl s;c m " Overriding objections from"They have made a decision that Rehgbgth BeachII Mon Tue Thurs. & Fri. 9am- 6pm, Sat. 9am- 4pm elected officials and county will affect thousands of people." 1-866-505-AQUA 12782)" 302-644-4732II Closed Wednesday & Sunday residents, the Social Security Ad- Pettyjohn said there is no valid ministration will move its only reason why a government office FREE Sussex County office from Georgetown to Lewes. The move to the Vineyards at Nassau Valley along Route 9 is expected to oc- cur this summer. "This is action done by an would not be located in George- town. "There is a reason the state bought land from my family back in the 1700s to keep everything Continued on page 17 DELUXE SAFETY COVER CHEMICAL PACKAGE IN-HOME ORIENTATION STANDARD DELIVERY OZONATOR * COVERLIFT * SPA STEPS $1300 VALUE! i See store for details. Offer expires 2/'7/14.