Nixon vetoes transportation changes for school districts
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Unless the Legislature overrides Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto, Stover School District students who live near Gravois Mills still will have to go past the Versailles School District complex on their way to, and from, their classes another seven miles down the road.
Nixon on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have changed the transportation rules for students in three school districts, who want to go to different schools. Outgoing state Rep. Rodney Schad, R-Versailles, said Wednesday he’s “a little disappointed.”
“I certainly don’t think that the governor wants these kids riding a school bus three hours a day,” Schad said, “and yet I was unsuccessful in getting any input from him or his staff through the process.
“So, ultimately, we were unsuccessful in trying to help these kids.”
In his two-page veto letter, Nixon said the bill imposed an unfunded mandate on some rural school districts and deviated from the already established, statewide process for hardship transportation issues, to benefit just three specific communities.