Tullahoma students forced to walk to school in cold - WKRN News 2

Tullahoma students forced to walk to school in cold

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2014 07:12 PM

Tullahoma students were in class Wednesday despite the fact some students had to walk to school in bitter cold temperatures.  

Tullahoma City Schools provides transportation to and from school only if they live within a mile and a half of their school.

Schools Director Dan Lawson told News 2 the decision was made nearly 100 years ago when the city first started the school district.

"They said, ‘Let's develop community schools that allow for pedestrian traffic,'" Lawson explained.

Tullahoma's four elementary, two middle and one high schools were constructed in areas with the most residential homes.

"Typically those students who are walking to school now live within three to five blocks of that school," said Lawson. "Is that a long way, absolutely it is on a day like today."

Tullahoma has six school buses which transport students living beyond the one and a half mile distance and to students who have special needs.

The district is reimbursed for transportation of those students, but if the city were to run buses for all students, the full cost would come out of the district's budget.

Lawson said the money is better spent in other ways.

"It's the sacrifice that we make as a community to put our resources into the classrooms rather than yellow school buses," said Lawson.

On especially frigid days like Wednesday, a majority of elementary and middle school students within the one and a half miles are brought to school by their parents or in carpools.

High school students, Lawson said, generally find a way to school rather than walk.

The district does provide transportation to all physically challenged students.

Tullahoma City Schools has roughly 3,500 students.

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