New figures presented at Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting show more than $2 million worth of additional costs associated with the choice plan.
The biggest item is $1,089,643 that staff says is transportation operational costs for additional miles per day. The money covers funds for diesel fuel, oil, tires and parts for driving an additional 13,200 miles per day "with choice plan."
When the removal of 53 buses from the road led to transportation problems at the start of the school year, Wake responded by putting most of them back in service. Wake says they've paid $840,000 for 24 additional buses and drivers.
You've also got $248,941 that Wake is paying for the bus driver attendance bonus plan to get more drivers to show up for work while the new drivers underwent training.
Also you've got $96,000 to transfer funds to cover Michael Alves for his student assignment choice plan contract.
All four items are from the school system's "Potential Changes in Local Expenditures First Quarter as of Sept. 30, 2012" report. Staff reports each quarter to the board on budget adjustments.
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