Wednesday, October 28, 2009

School Bus Issue

At the Coatesville Area School Board meeting on Tuesday, Bishop Shanahan parents urged officials to provide more buses for their kids.

The buses are shared between Shanahan and Collegium Charter School students. Collegium starts school at about 7:20 a.m. and Shanahan doesn't have to start until about 8:05 a.m. As a result, some Shanahan kids have to catch the buses as early as 6 a.m. in order to accomodate the Collegium schedule.

In a 5-4 vote, the school board approved a contract for one extra bus. But parents said this may not be enough to fix the problem.

Do you think the school board should consider approving contracts for more buses?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it asked if they could take a second look at the current buses and see if routes could be changed to accomodate the schedule?

October 29, 2009 6:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New topic please...

November 7, 2009 9:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Collegium Charter School changing there schedule to match the surrounding schools?

November 20, 2009 9:54 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


December 8, 2009 8:31 PM 
Blogger Liz said...

The whole story is not being told here.

If the school district accomodates the request, the buses will not be as full as required by the state and they will lose part of their transportation subsidy. As a taxpayer, I want the district to provide transportation as required by law, but I don't want them to give up their state subsidy to do so. So NO, they should not accomodate the request to split the Collegium and Shanahan students into separate buses.

If the private school parents don't like the bus schedule, surely they can provide their own transportation?

December 11, 2009 8:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would private school parents have any more ability to provide transportation than the public school parents? And moreover, why should they have to do so? They pay taxes for the public school system in addition to tuition for their own school. The least they could get out of their tax dollars is a fair transportation system. As for not having an adequate number of students riding the buses, keep in mind that in all the years before Collegium moved to its current location in Downingtown, Shanahan students had their own buses. Did the requirements suddenly change when Collegium moved? Or did the people in charge of designating buses just see Collegium's close proximity to Shanahan as a convenient opportunity to cut costs?

February 7, 2010 6:45 PM 

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