Hudson schools closed due to busing problems

There are 77 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Hudson schools closed due to busing problems. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

''Although problems with high school buses have been minimal, we have had significant problems with our younger riders,'' Superintendent Steve Farnsworth said in a message posted Tuesday night on the district ...

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common sense guy

Springfield, IL

#1 Sep 3, 2008
You would not think a cummunity like Hudson would have a disfuncional school board in the are of transportation. Didn't they have all summer to get something like this straight? Never have I ever heard that a school had to close becasue they could not work out transportation. Leave it to Hudson.

Since: Feb 08

Akron, OH

#2 Sep 3, 2008
All summer, or even the weekend before classes started, was not enough time for a bus company to plan their routes.

If I lived in Hudson, I would be considered in the competency of this service.
Awwww

Norwalk, OH

#3 Sep 3, 2008
Since when do we close scholls on account of busses?
Something Wicked

Stow, OH

#4 Sep 3, 2008
Dry runs and scheduling should have been dealt with a couple of weeks ago. How lame to waste a day off for an inept transportation outfit.

Since: Jun 08

Omaha, NE

#5 Sep 3, 2008
Gain Some Reality wrote:
All summer, or even the weekend before classes started, was not enough time for a bus company to plan their routes.
If I lived in Hudson, I would be considered in the competency of this service.
I thought of the EXACT same thing when I read the story.

All those involved in Hudson should be ashamed of themselves. If my company (or ANY business) were run this way, HEADS WOULD ROLL !!!
umm

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#6 Sep 3, 2008
All the above messages are full of errors in spelling and typing. Obviously, Hudson is not the only school district that has problems.
Anonymous

Brecksville, OH

#7 Sep 3, 2008
''We have never experienced a problem of this magnitude with our transportation services, one which has placed such an undo burden on both parents and students,'' Farnsworth said in the message.

Mr. Farnsworth, do you mean "undo" or "undue"?
REPUBLICANS GONE WILD

Hudson, OH

#8 Sep 3, 2008
Let the little rich, Republican brats walk! It is nice outside!

Since: Jun 08

Omaha, NE

#9 Sep 3, 2008
REPUBLICANS GONE WILD wrote:
Let the little rich, Republican brats walk! It is nice outside!
Stupidity has no political affiliation.
Tired of it

United States

#10 Sep 3, 2008
umm wrote:
All the above messages are full of errors in spelling and typing. Obviously, Hudson is not the only school district that has problems.
The district doesn't have problems. The busing in Hudson is contracted out. It isn't the administration's fault.
ooooooopppps

Norwalk, OH

#11 Sep 3, 2008
my hand slipped off my Blackberry keyboard during the rough ride on the BUS.
umm wrote:
All the above messages are full of errors in spelling and typing. Obviously, Hudson is not the only school district that has problems.

“Better Living thru Chemistry!”

Since: Jan 08

Caddo Mills, TX

#12 Sep 3, 2008
The contract transportation company, First Student, is the largest provider of school bus services in the country, so it is not like the Hudson School Board went with some bottom-feeder mom-and-pop shop to save some coin.

First Student should be very worried. If you are going to fail to provide contractual services to a community, it is more than unwise to stiff the one with a high concentration of high-powered attorneys.
watching in summit county

Akron, OH

#13 Sep 3, 2008
Tired of it wrote:
<quoted text>
The district doesn't have problems. The busing in Hudson is contracted out. It isn't the administration's fault.
it is the administrations fault if they picked a busing company that is inept.

“It's 5 o'clock somewhere”

Since: Sep 07

Erie, PA

#14 Sep 3, 2008
Ok, so there are school districts that can't afford to bus their students so they have to walk or their parents take them. Does school get canceled for that? NO! But spoiled rich kids in Hudson waste a "calmity" day because the transportation department doesn't have bus routes worked out insted of the kids walking or their parents dropping them off? Talk about elitists.

I don't live in the Hudson district but I am a working parent can understand how inconvenient it can be to transport kids to and from school at times but I have utilized carpools, friends, relatives, etc. Are the people in Hudson too good to do the same?

Now I am in no way supporting the actions of the transportation department and not having this figured out but they had plenty of time to make dry runs, maps, schedules, etc. There is no excuse for this two weeks into the school year.
Reggie O ladden

Hudson, OH

#15 Sep 3, 2008
They have legs-let them walk. Let the chubby parents walk too.
Tired of it

United States

#16 Sep 3, 2008
watching in summit county wrote:
<quoted text>it is the administrations fault if they picked a busing company that is inept.
That's right, turn the blame on someone else. You are another one of those who don't believe in taking responsibility for your own actions? Services are outsourced everyday in all fields of the economy. The administration is not at fault here, and I am quite sure First Student is not inept. If I am not mistaken but things do get screwed up from time to time and people do make mistakes. The best part about this is everyone here that is complaining isn't even from Hudson lol. What do you care? The problem is some of you are jealous obviously because you make rude comments about Hudson. It is quite entertaining actually.

“Better Living thru Chemistry!”

Since: Jan 08

Caddo Mills, TX

#17 Sep 3, 2008
Which action do you think gives Hudson MORE leverage with First Student?

1) Muddle through and expect parents to pick up the slack
2) Cancel classes and publically embarass their contractor

I'm thinking Option #2 will light a much BIGGER fire under First Student to get this problem solved not!

“Better Living thru Chemistry!”

Since: Jan 08

Caddo Mills, TX

#18 Sep 3, 2008
Make that 'solved now'.

Since: Feb 08

Akron, OH

#19 Sep 3, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
''We have never experienced a problem of this magnitude with our transportation services, one which has placed such an undo burden on both parents and students,'' Farnsworth said in the message.
Mr. Farnsworth, do you mean "undo" or "undue"?
Would it not be "ABJ do you mean..."? Farnsworth did not write the article.

Since: Feb 08

Akron, OH

#20 Sep 3, 2008
Very Opinionated wrote:
Ok, so there are school districts that can't afford to bus their students so they have to walk or their parents take them. Does school get canceled for that? NO! But spoiled rich kids in Hudson waste a "calmity" day because the transportation department doesn't have bus routes worked out insted of the kids walking or their parents dropping them off? Talk about elitists.
I don't live in the Hudson district but I am a working parent can understand how inconvenient it can be to transport kids to and from school at times but I have utilized carpools, friends, relatives, etc. Are the people in Hudson too good to do the same?
Now I am in no way supporting the actions of the transportation department and not having this figured out but they had plenty of time to make dry runs, maps, schedules, etc. There is no excuse for this two weeks into the school year.
I guess have have never noticed ALL the other school districts that cancel school when buses get vandalized. The other school districts do not tell their students "we are going to provide bus service regularly but today you must walk". They cancel school. Why should Hudson be any different?

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