The expense is part of a plan announced two weeks ago to put the
district's 500 bus drivers and special-education bus monitors in
District officials say the uniforms are part of a homeland security upgrade aimed at preventing terrorists from hijacking school buses.
The district already has spent $18,000 on shirts, but school
board members said at a meeting Monday night the drivers should buy
their own pants.
The expenditure comes as the 48,000-student district is losing
$23 million in state funding and is laying off 153 teachers and 102