Parochial Schools Face Busing Limit

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Byline: Robin Mohr Daily Herald Staff Writer

Woodland elementary school officials have struck a compromise for busing private school students outside the district's boundaries.

Starting next year, they intend to bus students a maximum of two miles outside the District 50 boundaries and then charge a fee for the service.

The move, school board members said Thursday night, protects the district against requests to bus individual students to any non-public school regardless of its distance.

"I had to come up with something that would get the ... non-public ... school students to the schools, and at the same time protect the interests of the school district," Superintendent Dennis Conti told board members and parents of parochial school students at the school board meeting.

For more than 20 years, Woodland has offered parochial school students free transportation to St. Gilbert School in Grayslake and St. Patrick's in Wadsworth, which are inside the two-mile limit.

But as the district has grown, there have been other requests for busing to schools farther away, like St. …