@Laurie: I would like to set the record straight about some things. First, Austintown schools has NOT been getting Ursuline students on time for at least the last four years, that is why ridership is so low. The actual number of students from Austintown to St Christines's is 50. There are 30 students going to Ursuline.I would also like to clarify another misconception:. Austintown Parochial students DO NOT have "their own" bus route.They are picked up with the kids going to Fitch and they then wait at Fitch for their bus to take them to school.Last, and MOST IMPORTANT point is this is not safe for many reasons! National Transportation Safety Board has 36 safety requirements for school buses that public transportation buses don't have-there is a reason we say school buses are safer and built with the purpose of transporting small children.
June 12, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.
@NoBS - "MCCTC is part of the public school system. That's why nobody mentioned them".The truth is no one mentioned MCCTC because it proves how hypocritical this plan is. Mr Colaluca said they cannot afford to bus outside of their township-MCCTC is outside of their township. St Christine's school is approx. 4 miles from the Austintown Bus garage, Ursuline is anywhere from 6.5 to 8 miles from the Austintown bus garage depending on the route. MCCTC is 8 miles from the Austintown bus garage. Austintown schools are NOT cutting things "they're not mandated to keep" They are still provided busing for Fitch students even though they are not required to.The state of Ohio says the Parochial students are entitled to a bus ride, plain and simple "The WRTA can send a bus on a specific route to pick up school kids - no need to run them through the sewer on West Federal St. We taxpayers are already paying for the WRTA buses - it'd be nice if SOMEONE rode them!"You're also paying for the school buses, which are designed to transport young kids, WRTA buses are not equipped with the same safety devices.as school buses-that's because they were never intended for that use
June 9, 2012 at 10:54 p.m.
No one is whining. Parents are asking for what they are entitled to, nothing more!
June 8, 2012 at 10:16 p.m.
Be careful what you wish for, if you keep talking about what a good idea this is and how much money it will save, it could be your kids next! Austintown parents didn't want the Federal League, you got it anyway. Austintown parents did not want open enrollment, you got it anyway. Austintown did not want uniforms, they got it anyway. How do you know this isn't next for you?Think about how much money it could save the district, no wages, benefits or retirement for the bus drivers. How much would it save in fuel and repair costs? Now how do you feel about your six year old daughter sitting at the WRTA terminal for forty minutes unsupervised? Is it okay if she walks almost a mile from her bus stop to school on a busy road with sidewalks only covering half the route?These are kids we are talking about, if you are angry at the parents for choosing private schools find some other way to work it out.
June 8, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Falconmom, I applaud you for looking at this issue with an open mind. The parents of these parochial students pay taxes and deserve to have their children transported in a safe and efficient way.Are you kidding me, dropping a six year old off at Arden Blvd. and Canfield Rd, and letting them walk to St Christines-most of the area does not have side walks. What about these kids from Molly Kessler, they have physical disabilities! To Collen Murphy and VInce Colaluca, would you let your kids, or nieces or nephews sit at the bus station on Federal St for forty minutes twice a day? For those of you that support this, be careful what you wish for, Austintown Schools have already joined the Federal League when most parents didn't want it, they crammed open enrollment and uniforms down your throats; if you keep talking about what a good idea this is, your kids might be the next.ones riding WRTA!
June 8, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
My first concern is for the safety of our children. Children as young as 6 years old will be left unsupervised at the bus station on Federal St for up to 40 minutes each time. They will then be dropped off at a stop nearly one mile from their school. Some of them will be required to walk in areas without side walks. The students at Molly Kessler have physical disabilities-these kids will be walking nearly one mile to their bus stops! Secondly, this plan DOES NOT MEET the state of Ohio's requirement to get children to school on time. A comment was made on WKBN that Austintown offers a comparable education, that is not entirely true-I choose to have my children in a school where they can freely discuss God and have religious based curriculum.
June 7, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.