The board approved to keep the parochial bus in the budget under my request and sent it to the county executive. This budget (parochial bus transportation, around 800k) is a separate line item. We could not just move it to another area and spend it. We need an approval from the county council.
I also asked our staff to have a cost-benefit analysis for this. For example, if the buses are cancelled, how many students who are attending private schools will come back to HCPSS? How many students have a special need? Which schools will they attend? How much money does HCPSS spend? This 800k spending will probably come back for discussion when the county executive and county council send us back the budget.
Superintendent Memo on the Parochial Bus Transportation
Snapshot of Some Historical Background
This memo was added after my original post. Hopefully it will give a full picture on this issue.
Attached please see the a State Law passed in 1943. It says:
The attached file includes both texts and a letter from Attorney General of MD in 1995.