NVDAILY.COM | Opinion
Posted September 12, 2012 | 3 Comments
Letter to the Editor: School bus situation inefficient
I would like to ask a question about the Shenandoah County Public School's transportation cut to save money and run the buses at full capacity for more efficiency. Is it worth the cost the schoolchildren have to pay?
If you load children like cattle, they are going to act like cattle. These buses are said to meet 1977 standards. Can't we bring this to 2012? Kids are larger now, have heavier book bags, bring instruments to school, etc. Tensions run high after being crammed on a bus for hour-long bus rides. This is a recipe for disaster. I hope it changes before children get hurt, not only from standing in the bus or having to hang in the isle due to lack of room on the seat, but also from children hurting each other.
I would love to see the school board work all day, then carry a heavy book bag and instrument and sit three to a seat for a full bus ride. I have heard more complaints and been unsatisfied with how the kids are transported to and from school this year than I've ever heard before. When I went to school there were two kids per seat, occasionally three, but room to move a kid around to other seats if needed. We were tight then when you had instruments, so I cannot imagine how it is now. Then the bus driver knew all of us and knew our stops because there wasn't as many to keep up with.
Does the driver need more kids to watch? The kids are being taken to wrong stops and dropped off. I think our bus drivers do the best they can with what they are given, but I also think they are getting frustrated and don't know how to change the situation.
I have heard parents, teachers, bus drivers and kids say this new money-savings plan isn't working. The school board needs to make cuts elsewhere and find a better way to keep the buses safe. I don't think this is fuel efficient or time efficient. So I urge change to this downhill spiraling situation.
Brandi Dysart, Mt. Jackson