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Why does New Hanover County Schools pay for taxi cabs to take students to and from schools?

Jason Gonzales
StarNews

It is very rare for students to be transported by taxi cab, but under certain circumstances, it does happen, said Rick Holliday, assistant superintendent for New Hanover County Schools.

Students who use a special transportation system, such as taxicabs, usually do so to meet special needs. Special education students primarily use this type of service, he said.

Also, students designated as homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act may also be transported by taxi or other special means to remain at their school of origin as prescribed by that act.

In either case, federal dollars are used to transport these students, he said.

Brunswick County Schools also use federal dollars to pay for this type of transportation.

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