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STARPOINT MODIFIES BUS DROP-OFF POLICY

The Starpoint School Board Thursday changed its transportation policy to restrict the number of places where students may be dropped off along school bus routes.

Parents now must notify the district in writing by July 31 of any changes they want to make in the drop-off points for their children in the next school year. New district residents will have to list their drop-off locations within 30 days after moving into the district.

Parents will be permitted to select two separate drop-off points -- their home and one other location.

Any changes to be made after July 31 will have to be submitted to principals at least two weeks in advance, and they will be honored only if the location is on an existing route and if space is available on the bus serving that route.

In another matter, the director of transportation and central services told the board that the district may be able to get out of supplying a federally mandated breakfast program for intermediate school pupils, but parents in a survey said they wanted an optional program for elementary school children.

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