Trinity Lutheran School, 7900 Nicholson Rd., will become a choice school starting in the 2014-15 school year.
But the change to the school’s transportation schedule will cost the Racine Unified School District $50,000, said Patrick Starken, transportation supervisor for the Racine Unified School District.
Officials from Trinity requested to change the start time for the 2014-15 school year from 9:05 to 3:45 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. because they need to meet state requirements. Racine Unified School District provides transportation for Trinity Lutheran School students, so officials from Trinity needed to request that the Racine Unified School District approve the change for the busing schedule.
State law mandates that public school districts provide busing to private school students. Officials with the Racine Unified School Board of Education approved the change at a meeting held Monday.
Starken explained that setting an earlier start time would add two buses to the current fleet, which would cost the district $50,000.
While Starken recommended not approving the recommendation, the school board approved the request.
The school has a current enrollment of 135.
*This story was corrected to reflect the start times of the school had changed from 9:05 to 3:45 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.