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Cobb BOE expected to resume Boys & Girls Club bus service
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- About 370 Cobb County school children and their parents are facing a new challenge - getting to their respective Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Cobb County Board of Education cut funding for the after-school bus service in their most recent round of budget cuts. 

"We've had cutbacks across the board. Throughout our schools we've had furlough days for employees, reduced salaries for employees. We've eliminated hundreds of teaching positions across the district," Jay Dillon of the Cobb Board of Education told 11Alive. 

However, for parents like Angela Felton with two boys attending the Clubs, it means giving them up.

"There is no way. I do work. There was no way I was going to be able to get them there. No way. It's a huge loss for those of us parents who are struggling to work, who work 30 minutes to an hour away," Felton said.

The Boys and Girls Club brought in shuttle vans as a temporary fix but they have limited space and cannot accommodate everyone who needs to utilize them. 

So a group of parents and the 11Alive Help Desk joined forces to urge the Cobb Board of Education to restore the bus service, as soon as possible.

And Cobb County listened.

"We definitely are optimistic," Dillon said about the bus budget being restored. "Yes, we are very optimistic that the money will be restored," he added.

The Board votes on restoring the Boys and Girls Club bus routes on Thursday at their meeting.

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