FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV) -- Cuts in state aid have forced one Metro-East school district to make changes in bus service for students this school year.
District 110 in Fairview Heights is trimming its bus routes this year from eight to four because of a 50 percent cut in state transportation aid.
As many as 150 students who live within a mile and a half of school will now have to walk or get their own rides to school.
The situation raises concern after a check by News 4 on the Illinois State Sex Offender Registry found as many as five sex offenders living within a mile of Grant Middle School.
School officials say they’ve heard parents concerns, and have reached out to police for help.
“Fairview is going to do their best to increase patrols or have a little more vigilance when kids are on the street, not just for the stranger danger part but also to help with some of that traffic,” said Superintendent Matthew Stines.