Editorial: Lack of transportation money

Upon hearing that the district has officially cut half of its budget allocated for busing expenses, one would  be horrified.  Unfortunately, this means that the changes the district has taken are not only unnecessary but also quite upsetting.
Over the course of high school, some of students’ most memorable moments can be made on opportunities outside of the typical learning environment, such as on field trips. The school’s new busing policy is making it extremely difficult for teachers to take their students outside of the cramped classroom. 
While sports teams that have no direct relationship to education remain unscathed in terms of busing, classes and clubs now each have to pay for busing for almost all field trips (including mandatory competitions).  For example, research programs now have to pay for their own busing to the very competitions that bring the school awards and prestige.
In addition, the school board’s new policy of requiring all clubs and classes to pay for their own regular busing is putting a major strain on students who will be limited to knowledge only learned in a classroom.
Imagine sitting in the back of the same classroom trying to learn the same course that has been taught dozens of times by the same teacher.  If you are a student, this image will be a reality for you in your classes as field trips continue to get cut down in a school where they are sparse to begin with.
Finally, this policy takes no account of the clubs that rely solely on competitions, like Mathletes and Science Olympiads.  If there are members of such clubs who cannot afford to pay busing costs, Schreiber and the district will be left without several important and impressive clubs. 
This policy will result in lesser interest, lower comprehension of material, longer waits for kids to get home, and a decreased participation in extracurricular activities.