After restricting who can ride school buses, and cutting them entirely for sporting events, the Hesperia Unified School District might be rolling back some of the changes.

At Monday's meeting, the HUSD school board will consider putting aside some money for transportation to and from certain sporting events.

School board Vice-President Lee Rogers said she's heard from parents concerned about how their student-athletes will get to away games.

"'We really need some of the busing back,'" parents would tell her, said Rogers, "And I would say 'how are we going to get this money?' I understand, I totally understand."

Getting back some of the busing is all that's on Monday's agenda, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David McLaughlin.

"We have significant board interest concern and interest that we can't cut sports competition transportation entirely," he said. "The superintendent has had an interest in this for several months, and has talked to the principals as well."

So the district's three comprehensive high schools -- including Oak Hills High School, which will begin its first year with a less rigorous athletic schedule than Hesperia and Sultana High Schools -- will split $143,000, should the board vote to approve the measure.

"The bus passes" instituted last year to restrict bus transportation to students who actually live in the HUSD's busing coverage area "provided about $500,000 in savings last year," McLaughlin said, "So we'll use some of that savings to fund the competition sports trips."

But it's still not enough to pay for transportation to all games: Booster clubs will need to raise money for the rest, or teams will have to work out carpools.

"It's about a half to a third of what they got last year. So they're going to have to prioritize their big games or their important games," McLaughlin said. "In conversation with the different sites, they feel they can do that, but they're just going to have to prioritize their budget."

"So many people think that the school districts can provide everything, but when the money's not there, it's just not possible," Rogers said. "But we're going to do the best we can."

The next meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on July 13 at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.