The board has sole discretion to determine the method to be utilized for transporting non-resident and non-public students. Non-resident students paying tuition may be, and resident students attending a non-public school accredited by the State Department of Education may be, transported on an established public school vehicle route as long as such transportation does not interfere with resident, public student transportation. Non-resident and non-public school students shall obtain the permission of the superintendent [or designee] prior to being transported by the school district.
Parents of resident students who provide transportation for their students attending a non-public school accredited by the Iowa Department of Education will be reimbursed at the established state rate. This reimbursement shall be paid only if the district receives the funds from the state. If less than the amount of funds necessary to fully reimburse parents of the non-public students is received by the district, the funds shall be prorated.
The charge to the non-resident students shall be determined based on the students’ pro rata share of the actual costs for transportation. The parents of these students shall be billed for the students’ share of the actual costs of transportation. The billing shall be according to the schedule developed by the superintendent [or designee]. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to determine the amount to be charged and report it to the business manager for billing.
Continued transportation of non-resident and non-public students on a public school vehicle route will be subject to resident public school student transportation needs. The superintendent [or designee] shall make recommendations as necessary to the board regarding the method to be used. In making a recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the number of students to be transported, the capacity of the school vehicles, the financial condition of the district, and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent.
Non-resident and non-public school students shall be subject to the same student conduct regulations as resident public students as prescribed by board policy and to other policies, rules, or regulations developed by the district regarding transportation of students by the school district.
Reviewed: 10/10; 9/11; 4/15; 11/18
Revised: 10/10; 10/12; 11/13
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 285.1-2; .10; .16 (2013)