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Replacing Ripon bus pass will now cost $1

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POSTED November 14, 2009 2:56 a.m.
RIPON - The number of Ripon Unified students losing their bus passes – 24 in just two weeks – has raised concerns among the school district administration.  Passes had been initiated in mid-October because of the troubled economy’s affect on the schools’ budget.

Replacing a lost pass will now cost students $1 for a new pass, the school board decided this week.  The fee would apply to any lost passes, including students on a free and reduced lunch status.

School trustees were told that the passes have brought in some $8,500 from the 653 passes that have been issued.  The district expects to net $2,225 more should Ripon students buy the same level of passes for the second semester.

Ripon students who already received free and reduced charges for their meals and students on a mandatory or voluntary transfer were issued free bus passes.

As of the last day in October the district had 46 students without passes with the number dropping into the 20s by November 3.  

“We have not denied any student a ride due to the loss of a bus pass,” Superintendent Louise Nan noted.

Options for students losing their passes include denying a ride home after school and calling parents to pick up the child; issuing a bus referral to students who do not have a pass.  This would include those who have a pass and forget it, the superintendent added.
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