Bus Company May Cut off Gary School Transportation

GARY, Ind. (AP) – The company providing school bus service to more than 4,000 students in Gary says it will end service unless the school district comes up with a plan to repay nearly $3 million it owes.
 
Illinois Central School Bus notified the Gary Community School Corp. last month that it would halt bus service on Nov. 10 unless payments are made.
 
The company said Wednesday that the amount the district owes is growing by about $150,000 each week and is approaching $3 million.
 
CEO Steve Hemmerlein says bus company officials have met with Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt to discuss the issue.
 
Pruitt says the school corporation has lost $34.5 million since 2010 because of statewide property tax caps and uncollected property taxes.
 
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has pledged to help the district find answers.