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Patchogue-Medford Busing

Patchogue-Medford SD Takes Busing Away From Students One Week Prior to School Without Letting Parents Know

Can someone from the Patchogue-Medford BOE and/or Administration please explain why busing was taken away from several students throughout the district, including my child who attends Tremont, without officially notifying parents?  This is a major change, and with major change, it seems only fair that parents should have been officially notified by the school district with ample time to make alternative arrangements. Many parents, myself included, realized this change when bus passes were not received when students received their teacher notification one week prior to the start of school.  I have tried to contact the Transportation office several times, and NO ONE has an answer or has returned my calls.  When the district keeps talking about doing things "for the kids", this certainly seems like something that is AGAINST the kids. When the bus drives on my street to pick up the other children that receive busing, I guess we'll have to wave.  DO THE RIGHT THING AND RESTORE THE BUSING!  The district is making enemies of many parents who always help to pass your budget.  

JD, Tremont Mom 

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JD September 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I think it's hard to put aside the communication issue because the lack of communication is the issue. After speaking with both the school and Transportation Office, I was informed that students one half mile away are entitled to buses. I went out three times, with two different cars and clocked the distance from my home to the school. It is one half mile, as it is for many of my neighbors. The new system being used my the district is obviously inaccurate. Someone from the district needs to get in their car and clock the distance themselves. It's that simple. I apologize if I seemed selfish and/or ungrateful. Perhaps it's being reactionary or out of frustration, but it just seems there should have been a proper procedure in place by the district to inform the many parents throughout the district that there was going to be a major change. One week's notice is not enough. Quite honestly, one cannot even call it notice because we were never notified. And by the way, it's my pocket too that helps pay for the transportation. And yes, I will continue to vote yes for the budget even if it's not restored because it is the right thing to do for the children and the community. I am simply asking that this new system be reevaluated.
Laura Hoffmann September 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I want to put in my 2 cents about the school bus issue, why is it all of a sudden that my neighbors daughter doesn't get a bus when her brother who's 20 and my children all got busses and so did she up until this past week. Now my daughter who's in high school has to be on the bus stop 20 minutes earlier and gets home 10 minutes later because her bus goes from my neighborhood which is east of 112 to a neighborhood that's on the other side of 112 to pick up kids. What happened to all the kids east of 112. I know there are many. This system doesn't seem to be cost effective. I feel better now that I've vented.
sheila September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I was just informed that there will be a parent meeting with the school board about the bus issue on next Wed.night,Sept.19th at Saxton Middle School. I hope everyone that is having transportation issues will attend
sheila September 18, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Just a reminder that there will be a parent meeting with the school board tomorrow night at Saxton Middle School to discuss the transportation issues as well as the new lunch guidelines & issues.
Sarah Munger Hale September 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
For the people who are suffering from the bus issues especially an overpacked and unsafe bus where children are in the aisles I contacted the news 12 hotline and a gentleman named Doug Richards wants to hear your personal story. (516) 393- 1394 they want to help if they can but they would like to hear from the patents of unsafe kids. But by all means call. I told them we have no sidewalks and no crossing guard so we will be sharing road space with cars when the plow comes through (we means me and a 6 & 4 year old) plus if its too cold to play at 40 degrees ya think making a kid walk a mile would be a no no lol. But whatever this is why I am not buying their stuff or fundraising this year for them. No box tops from me. No bus. No fundraising. Use the $900,000 you saved by putting my kids lives at risk. Plus do u really need new paint and tile? Srsly? The eno boards are fancy sell them if you're having a budget crisis and buy a chalkboard. Tell the landscapers that you already have a grounds crew that you pay. Stop wasting the budget to make the school look fancy and use it for what it's intended the safety and education of our kids. Rant over sorry but please call this guy there is power in numbers.

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