The costs: $271.48 per round trip per day + gas @ 10 mpg.
$68.00 per round trip for Aide, if needed.
What is not clear is why this is being done in the first place.
NYS Education Law requires that "non-city school districts provide transportation for all children in grades K-8 who live more than two miles from the school they legally attend and for all children in grades 9-12 who live more than three miles from the school they legally attend, up to a distance of 15 miles." To increase this limit would require a referendum of the district voters. This is an issue of many district families that send their children to private schools. There aren't any exceptions. No portion of the Pine Bush School District boundary is within 15 miles of the Village of Kiryas Joel.
State Education law further states: "All districts must provide transportation for all pupils with disabilities residing in the district for whom such services are specified in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). There are no minimum or maximum mileage limitations on transportation of pupils with disabilities as specified in the IEP."
If the transportation is for pupils with disabilities, then the pupils should be educated in our own district. Our district's special education programs are well within the guidelines established in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Individuals with Disabilities Education law is meant to ensure that students with disabilities are educated in the "least restrictive environment" possible, which typically means in a public rather than a private school.
In 2013 the State Education Department determined that the East Ramapo School District's practice of placing haredi students with disabilities in yeshivas when public school placements were open and available broke state law, the Journal News reported. The East Ramapo district filed the suit against the New York State Department of Education in March 2013, arguing that it was legal to have one district representative quickly settle disputes with parents who challenge special education placements. (In other words: If a parent argues that their special needs child is to be educated in a private school, then the district should comply)
In his December 30, 2013 decision, Judge Michael Melkonian reportedly upheld the New York State Department of Education in every point of the lawsuit and concluded that East Ramapo failed to meet its burden of proof.
There doesn't seem to be a legal precedent here requiring the Pine Bush School District taxpayers to fund these non-mandated additional costs.