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Austintown, private schools talk about busing options

Published: Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m.

Austintown, private schools talk about busing options


Administrators with the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, Youngstown Christian and Austintown schools met Tuesday with the Western Reserve Transit Authority to discuss the ongoing issue of busing students outside the Austintown school district.

Austintown Superintendent Vincent Colaluca said the group of administrators attended a closed meeting to continue discussion on Austintown’s proposal to offer public-transit vouchers to private-school students instead of using district vehicles.

Austintown’s proposal, announced to parents in May, would affect students at St. Christine, Ursuline and Mollie Kessler beginning this fall. Youngstown Christian School went through the same process with Austintown schools last year. School officials and parents there fought the decision and said none of their students uses WRTA.

Mike Pecchia, president of Youngstown Christian Schools, said previously that the original plan to send students on a pre-existing WRTA route was an unsafe option.

But Pecchia said after Wednesday’s meeting that he’s confident a resolution favorable to all sides will be reached.

“I felt like both sides heard each other. I think we’re trying to figure out a way to resolve this,” he said. “We’ve got some work to do on it. ... But there was a willingness to sit down and come up with a solution.”


1NilesOhio(986 comments)posted 4 years ago

Sounds like a pedophile's dream. Just get on the bus and wait for kids to come to you.

Doesn't take a genius to see that's a horrible idea, and no surprise why none of the students use the WRTA option.

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2CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years ago

Vincent Colaluca is a huge asswipe. I hope nothing happens to those poor kids, and if something does he should be held personally responsible and ran the hell out of town.

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3CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years ago

Protecting public school children by putting private school children in harms way is not the answer and he knows it. He's just being a prick and refuses to cut spending in places where spending SHOULD be cut.

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