This must eat heavily into any savings realized by consolidation. However, the School Building Authority has never determined whether any money is saved by consolidation.
The costs are more than financial. These long bus rides make kids tired, cranky and hard to teach. Research shows that excessive bus rides may even harm children�s health, exposing them to unsafe levels of diesel exhaust.
The kids have less time for family, homework and a social life, said a researcher who studied Canadian children with long rides. Other researchers have found that students with long bus rides score lower on standardized tests.
This situation is intolerable. Grownups could not deal with commutes of this length, and the grownups in charge of state schools should ensure that young children are shielded from them.
It may take more money: more buses and bus drivers. It may take opening some smaller schools and using distance-learning technology to keep curriculum competitive.
But when a 4-year-old like Tommy Evans is subjected to nearly three hours on a bus every day, as Eyre and Finn found, something must change, and soon.