School Board to Vote on Belton-Cottman’s Resolution to Resolve Bussing Crisis! Parents Urged to Attend to Show Their Support!

It’s been an all too familiar scene: Parents and children waiting at bus stops for busses that never come.

 

Board President Emeritus Sharon Cottman has put before the Board of Education a management solution to reduce the size of this problem! 

HER RESOLUTION WILL BE VOTED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26TH AT 5:30 p.m. AT THE WATERFRONT SCHOOL. 

PARENTS ARE URGED TO   PLEASE COME AND EXPRESS YOUR SUPPORT FOR WORKING WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND BUFFALO SCHOOLS TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN A SYSTEMATIC MANNER RESPECTFULLY OF PUTTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIRST.  

Rather than parents  receiving a call daily  on an emergency basis   saying there is bus to transport your child to school, it will take 40 minutes to attempt to route another bus  to pick up your child.   This resolution implements a management system to: 

•Recognize the problem of a 40 – 54 bus shortage for picking -up   BPS students. (Only continuing to get worse.)

•Recognize that in the winter this endangers student safety due to a possibility of frost bite. 

•Recognize that the District’s current immediate solution has been to ask the parent on a last-minute basis to transport their child to and/or from school, which is disruptive to both the child and the parent’s lives and work schedule. 

•Recognize that to accommodate the 800 – 1000 students daily who do not have buses to timely transport them to & from school on an ongoing basis, that the parents who are willing and able to transport their child to school can agree to assume the responsibility to transport their children for the remainder of the school year. With planning and vision this system will eliminate last minute disruptions and  uncertainty replacing it with planned transportation support from the family for a significant number of students.   This will protect students and be a good collaboration with parents. 

•Recognize that  NYS also allows parents to be reimbursed for the cost of transportation.

-Submitted by Central School Board Member Dr. Paulette Woods