SUTTONS BAY, Mich. — Suttons Bay Public Schools students are riding public transit buses to school this year, a yearlong trial that will become permanent if successful, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Suttons Bay eliminated its own transportation services, saving $500,000 which it then used to retain approximately seven teaching positions, according to the Record-Eagle. The district and the Bay Area Transportation Authority worked to arrange bus runs that are similar to the district's previous routes, the Record-Eagle reported.

Adults are allowed to board the bus as well; after school children are dropped off, the bus continues on to other sites, the report said.

Cameras were to be installed on the bus, and plans are to provide each student with a bus pass, the report said.

Traverse City Record-Eagle, "Suttons Bay students board BATA-driven buses," Sept. 8, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "School Privatization Up 8 Percent," Sept. 10, 2010