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A busing dispute between the Racine Unified School District and Renaissance School could be headed to court.

At issue is the district’s decision to end bus service at the end of the month for 44 Renaissance students because they are then transported to the school’s Kenosha campus, a story in The Journal Time reads.

Specifically, 44 students in fourth and fifth grades are dropped off at the Renaissance School’s Mount Pleasant location on Taylor Avenue. Then, after eating breakfast, the children are taken to the school’s Pleasant Prairie building.

The district has offered $150 per affected family to help with transportation, but if Racine Unified carries through with the decision, Renaissance representatives plan to file a complaint asking the court to force the district to continue bus service through the end of the year.

RUSD Spokesperson Stacy Tapp told the newspaper the district is legally required to bus students to their school of attendance and could be held liable if something happens to those students between Renaissance campuses.

“By law, we are obligated to transport students to their school of attendance,” Tapp is quoted as writing in an email. “Not only was the District misled in order to meet the needs of this private school, but Renaissance School administration also caused liability issues for the District.”

Renaissance officials, though, say Unified needs to transport students at least through the end of the year.

“The school district has a legal obligation to transport these children to our school and we intend to hold them to that obligation,” school Founder Frank Trecroci said, the story continues.

The days of Renaissance operating out of two campuses could be coming to an end. School officials – with the support of Sturtevant SportsPlex owner Fernand Bahena – are asking for Sturtevant trustees to rezone the SportsPlex so the Renaissance can consolidate there.

Before changing the building from an industrial to a commercial use – under which schools can be built and/or operate – there will be a statutorily required public hearing on April 9. The Sturtevant Planning Commission earlier this month set the date, and trustees confirmed it last Tuesday.

Members of the Sturtevant Administration, Personnel, Policy & Legal committee will discuss the rezone further at continual committee meeting Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.

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