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Lawton eliminates 500 school bus routes

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Associated Press

LAWTON  - The Lawton school district eliminated hundreds of bus stops in an effort to save money, but the move forces more than 1,500 students to find another way to school.

The school board approved the change last night and officials said it'll save the district an estimated $250,000.

Under the new policy middle and high school students are allowed to ride the bus only if they live more than 1 1/2 miles from school.

Elementary school students must live more than one mile from school in order to ride a bus.

Superintendent Barry Beauchamp said the change eliminates 500 bus stops each morning and afternoon and allows the district to remove 18 buses from service.

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