School districts that meet all of the following criteria are eligible to receive an apportionment pursuant to this article:
(a) The number of pupils who received home-to-school transportation services in the prior fiscal year was equivalent to at least 33 percent of the total number of units of average daily attendance in the prior fiscal year.
(b) The total cost per mile for the prior fiscal year for home-to-school transportation does not exceed the statewide average cost per mile, or if the total cost per mile for the prior fiscal year for home-to-school transportation exceeds the statewide average cost per mile, the school district demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction that the increased cost per mile is due to either weather-related or terrain-related conditions. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall determine that the increased cost per mile is due to weather-related or terrain-related conditions if those conditions meet any of the following criteria:
(1) Snow and ice create roadway and safety problems.
(2) Fifty percent or more of publicly maintained roads in the school district are considered to be curves.
(3) There are changes in elevation of 2,000 feet or more on publicly maintained roads in the school district.
(c) In the prior fiscal year, the amount of the school district's approved cost of home-to-school transportation per unit of average daily attendance exceeded one hundred thirty dollars ($130).
(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 202, Sec. 1.)