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Athletics bus fee before MUSD board
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The cost of providing transportation for Manteca Unified School District’s high school athletes is escalating. The district does not have a funding source that is specifically earmarked for this type service. That’s precisely the reason the Board of Trustees instituted the policy requiring fees be charged for this purpose. Exempted from this transportation fee are students participating in cheerleading.

That’s according to board policy No. 3255.

The policy also states that a proposed transportation fee schedule, based on operating costs, goes before the board for approval every year.

Additionally, according to the policy, “no charge shall be made for any transportation of students whose individualized education program require transportation or whose parents/guardians are determined indigent pursuant to administrative regulations.”

On Tuesday, March 12, at the 7 p.m. regular meeting of the board, the subject of the athlete’s transportation fee will be considered and discussed. It has been placed on the agenda as requested by a board member.

The board will also consider adopting a resolution in support of amending the California Constitution aimed at putting an end to the practice of deferring payments to schools in order to balance the state budget. This item is in conjunction with an appearance made by Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen at the last board meeting asking the Manteca board members to support the bill that she has co-authored. Instead of taking action at that meeting, the board members decided to table the item at the next meeting.

In other agenda items, the board will consider:

• adopting a resolution which declares that Manteca Unified “will be able to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year 2012-2013 and subsequent two years.”

• recognize the award-winning decathlon teams at Lathrop High and Manteca High school who came home with several awards from the recent San Joaquin County academic decathlons.

• recognize Ana Naranjo of East Union High School for her selection as Region 23 Migrant Education honor student.

The board meets in the board room at the district office located at 2271 West Louise Avenue, corner of Airport Way. The closed session begins at 6 p.m., followed by the public meeting at 7 p.m.