We have studied this issue and if FISD designated hazardous areas, it would be a tremendous financial and tax burden on the school district.
A school district can only be reimbursed for up to 10 percent of their annual mileage allotment. Based on our 2013-2014 transportation report, FISD traveled 564,120 miles. If FISD decided to designate hazardous areas, we would receive $1.25 per mile for only up to 56,412 miles a year for a total of $70,515. This amount of money is the equivalent of paying two bus drivers and providing gas for both bus routes. If the district transported students more than 56,120 miles within the hazardous areas that are under the two-mile limit, the district would be responsible for all additional costs.
When people say the district would be reimbursed if we designated areas as hazardous, they are only partially correct.
FISD has never designated hazardous roadways, but they have also never stated that students living within two miles should walk or ride their bikes to school. The implication has been that parents are responsible for getting their students to and from school if they live within two miles. As stated earlier, if FISD adopted a policy defining hazardous roadways and began designating areas as such it would create a tremendous burden to taxpayers.