By Justin Quesinberry
School starts for thousands of local kids Monday morning. For many that will mean changes to bus rides this year.
In Wake County, 75,000 students ride on 900 buses.
This year, in order to save money, the school system removed between 40 and 60 buses. That means longer rides for some kids. The average time is expected to increase by six to eight minutes.
Busing was a real concern a few months ago for one local family due to the new school choice plan that's in effect this year for Wake County students.
Yonica Pimentel has eight kids in her blended family.
When they first got their assignments, they were going to six different schools in four different towns.
They have since worked it out and are mostly happy.
All the elementary kids will go to the same school – Apex Elementary – and all on traditional schedules.
All the middle school kids also will go to the same school – Holly Ridge Middle.
The one downside is that the two oldest siblings will go to two different high schools – Apex High and Holly Springs High.
In all, the eight kids will go to four schools in two different towns.
Pimentel said she’s now concerned about what happens next school year. The school board will look at changing the choice plan in the 2013-2014 school year and possibly move back to address-based schools.