The Wellesley Transportation Department has sent out an informational letter that explains how to register public and in-town private school students for school bus service for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Here’s the deal: if you live two or more miles from the school and your public school child is in kindergarten – 6th grade, there is no fee by state law. If you still want bus service for your closer and older kids, it’s yours, for a price. Wellesley has set the fee next year at $521 per student, with a family cap of $1,142.
We fondly remember the kindergarten – 6th grade days when our kids qualified for no-fee transportation, and we’d wave them goodbye as they rolled away on the big yellow school bus. 7th grade came all too soon, and with it a polite request from the town for $1,000+ for both of them to continue to ride to and from school that old-fashioned way. We declined the offer, and the parent taxi service kicked in.
The registration and deposits are due April 8, 2015. You can find all the details here.