HOOVER, Alabama — The U.S. Attorney's office and the Department of Justice are getting involved in a move by the Hoover school board to end school bus service next year.
In a statement Thursday, Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig said local and federal officials have a "mutual goal of best serving the students of Hoover."
The school board voted to eliminate bus routes for everyone but special education students beginning in August 2014 as part of a plan to save $2.5 million annually.
District officials have said overall funding is down $96.8 million over the last four years, but enrollment is increasing.
State School Superintendent Tommy Bice told WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1ie7xo4 ) that while the district has authority to cut bus service, he has a stake in the outcome of the proposal as well.
"It does become my responsibility to continue to look at safety and welfare as the issue and that will be my major focus as this plays out," Bice told the station, adding that he hopes the issue is one that can be resolved locally. "I had a discussion with the folks in Hoover yesterday because I know there's an even greater concern now."
Information from: WBRC-TV, http://www.myfoxal.com/