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School board: Too impractical to transport parochial kids



Published: Wed, December 14, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

Youngstown

The city school board has declared it impractical to transport 41 parochial school students and offered payment instead.

Fifteen of those students attend Cardinal Mooney High School and 26 attend St. Rose School in Girard.

The payments offered to the students amount to about $200 per student per year. In late October, the school board declared it impractical to transport five other Mooney students, and also offered them payment instead.

Students can accept the payment or request mediation through the Ohio Department of Education.

The reason for the “impracticality of transporting such students is the number of students to be transported, and the cost of providing transportation in terms of equipment, maintenance, personnel and administration,” the resolution says.

In other business, the board also transferred $283,430 from a school-building-assistance fund to the Rayen Stadium Capital Project Fund. The state has told the district to close out the school-building-assistance fund so the money must be transferred to another fund, Treasurer William Johnson told board members.

A committee, led by Jim Tressel, former Youngstown State University and Ohio State University football coach, and the Rev. Dr. Lewis Macklin of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, is raising money to renovate Rayen Stadium.

About $1.6 million has been raised of the $3 million goal. The committee plans to have the stadium ready for next fall’s football season.


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1hmm(183 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Why are parochial students using youngstown city school buses in the first place.. and why aren't they paying to use the bus since they choose to go to a parochial school private instead of public .. why is a Mahoning county bus being used to transport into trumbull county then giving families 200 dollars to NOT take them....

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The kids deserve safe transportation and Youngstown needs to provide it as required by law. $200 isn't enough to fill my SUV 3 times.

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3Superman(31 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Making public schools transport parochial kids is a hoot. The same schools stealing their kids and the public schools must provide busing service? Who made that tom foolery up, God?

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4dd933(236 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I used to ride a Poland school bus to Mooney in the 60s - this is not a new policy.

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5palbubba(664 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

As thethinker has pointed out here the Youngstown schools are actually making money on this deal. The reason they are choosing parochial schools is that they are truly interested in having their children educated. Which they know won't happen in the Youngstown City Schools.

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6commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

If it only cost $200.00/year for transportation per student then the Youngstown schools should only be spending $1.4M /year on transpotation costs ---what ARE they spending??

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7jjones1(5 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

the parochial schools are taking the voucher when taking a city school student. Yes, the money follows the student. Reagrdless if they go to a parochial, charter, or computer school.

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8jjones1(5 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The sharing of cigars on school property seen in the championship game at Mooney shows the true quality of education and values of the local parochial schools.

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