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Caddo could reduce field trips to cut costs

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Caddo Parish schools are spending $804,000 a year on school bus trips to athletic games, field trips and other events -- with the parish footing two-thirds of the bill.

The Times reports that district officials and school board members are looking for ways to cut the total.

The newspaper says it has obtained data showing that 31,172 buses were used for the trips.

Transportation director Otis Jones says, "We see the value of these trips for students, but the budget is getting tighter and tighter."

Fair Park College Prep used 2,416 district buses for extra trips last school year. That's the largest number of any school in the parish. Principal James Outley says the vast majority were used for academic opportunities like the district's career center.

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