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Attleboro sees increase in need for homeless student transportation

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By: Samantha Lavien

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Attleboro officials are projecting a $170,000 deficit this year caused in large part by an increase in the need for homeless student transportation.

"This year the estimate by June 30 is approximately $215,000 in expenses. Last year we spent about a $130,000," said Attleboro Business Manager Tom Rose.

The deficit comes as the city pays to bus dozens more homeless students and to cover the costs of bussing students in special programs outside of the district.

The cost of the transportation is paid for out of the school department's budget. Monday night the School Committee met to discuss the growing problem.

"The plan is for part of this deficit to get funded by the use of Medicaid funds that we are expecting," said Rose.

The city council has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night to address the issue.

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