Columbus City Schools must slash the number of COTA bus rides it purchases next school year for its high-school students to keep the annual cost from rising, but officials couldn't say last week how the cutbacks would be made.

"Once we have a decision on the COTA bus passes for students, we will share that information with all impacted students and their families," a district representative wrote in an email.

The district used to pay a flat fee for bus service for all high-school students, but now it pays 90cents per student ride. The contract that started in October capped the total cost at $600,000 for the first year, but that limit goes away this fall.

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