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District 161 costs rise; Bus company points to labor shortage and higher fuel rates

Flossmoor School District 161 will pay 20% more for bus transportation in the 2022-23 academic year, after the board approved a contract with Kickert School Bus Lines at its meeting on Monday, May 9.

In its contract renewal, the district agreed to pay $152,000 more, for a total of about $909,700. That cost includes 15 buses picking up and dropping off children over 30 routes.

Additional bus runs for extracurriculars and field trips are charged separately, and that line item is also increasing by 20%, according to Fran LaBella, the district’s associate superintendent of business operations . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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