Teacher retirements to help pay for school buses

(WISH Photo, file)

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A wave of teacher retirements will help a cash-strapped central Indiana school district keep its buses on the road.

Muncie Community Schools Chief Financial Officer Mark Burkhart says staff retirements are expected to help provide the $2.6 million needed for bus service in the third year of a three-year contract approved recently.

The Star Press reports the departures stem in part from changes in state law that have made retirement more attractive. More than 40 teachers have opted to retire this year.

The district faces a significant loss in its transportation fund because of tax caps and legislation dictating how property tax revenue is allocated. Voters rejected a tax increase to fund buses last year, and the state denied a request to end bus service starting next year.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s