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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round--Eh, Not So Much

By Margaret Lyons in News on Dec 4, 2007 4:55PM

2007_12_4.schoolbus.jpgBarrington Community Unit School District 220 canceled its classes today because its fleet of school buses were vandalized. Unknown culprits slashed the tires on "24 to 26 large buses and 15 to 17 smaller ones," apparently with an ice pick. School bus tires cost about $200, which means someone's on the hook for a lot of damage.

A note from the district's superintendent says about 7,000 of Barrington's 9,200 K-12 students take a school bus to school, and after hearing from the bus company early this morning,

...we determined that there was no way to transport all of our students to school without significant delays. Due to the cold weather, we did not want our students waiting at bus stops for long periods of time. In light of those facts, the decision was made to close schools.

District 220 includes a high school, two middle schools, eight elementary schools and an early childhood center.

School buses by Joseph P