Students stranded by cuts

Students stranded by cuts

There are 13 comments on the Redlands Daily Facts story from Mar 6, 2010, titled Students stranded by cuts. In it, Redlands Daily Facts reports that:

Riding the bus to school will not be an option for most area high school students next year, after a January vote by the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education to eliminate home-to-school transportation for most high school students.

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Bill

Hesperia, CA

#1 Mar 7, 2010
Ride a bike.
AO Teacher

United States

#2 Mar 7, 2010
Cuts hurt. There is no way in today's budgetary climate that schools can go on doing everything that they have in the past. Cuts should be kept as far away from the classroom as possible, eliminating high school busing is a winning strategy in this regard. Time for these kids to get to know their neighbors and arrange carpools. Oh, and leave early; the traffic situation around the high schools is going to be interesting!
Jerry

Redlands, CA

#3 Mar 7, 2010
High School students won't be able to get to school, but the district will still be spending $150,000 a year on a district athletic director plus an additional $100,000 on the 3 athletic directors at the high schools.

How many people does it take to do that job? They schedule games, order equipment, go to some meetings. It takes one good secretary at each site to do most of that. If it's taking this many teachers and administrators, something is wrong. No wonder some athletes in town think they are above the law. The school district is sending a clear message that sports come first.

“Timing & Distance!”

Since: Jul 08

Topanga, CA

#4 Mar 7, 2010
AO Teacher wrote:
Oh, and leave early; the traffic situation around the high schools is going to be interesting!
You got that right. Traffic will be nuts around the highschools.

This really does suck though.
Northside Ned

Upland, CA

#5 Mar 7, 2010
What is crazy is that my house is 4/10 of a mile from Redlands High School but the school district says that we are in the REV attendance area. It would take my kids 7 minutes to walk to RHS on sidewalks, not crossing a single busy street, but instead they have to be transported nearly three miles east on Colton Avenue to another high school. Whoever in district administration drew up these boundaries needs to be demoted to yard duty.

“Timing & Distance!”

Since: Jul 08

Topanga, CA

#6 Mar 7, 2010
Northside Ned wrote:
What is crazy is that my house is 4/10 of a mile from Redlands High School but the school district says that we are in the REV attendance area. It would take my kids 7 minutes to walk to RHS on sidewalks, not crossing a single busy street, but instead they have to be transported nearly three miles east on Colton Avenue to another high school. Whoever in district administration drew up these boundaries needs to be demoted to yard duty.
Excellent Point!!!
yeppers

Redlands, CA

#7 Mar 7, 2010
parents are responsible for their kids, ultimately. Don't have them if you can't clothe, feed and educated them i.e., Bus rides are a luxury.
raised in redlands

Aurora, CO

#8 Mar 7, 2010
I don't agree with putting student safety at risk.
I believe it is time to cut the top paid officials until the economy improves.
As for sports that is a luxury it is paid for tax dollars and we are becoming the least intelligent population on the planet.
Example I worked with young people and discovered if I had written out instructions in cursive they didn't know what it was and coukdn't read it.
Sorry but the money needs to be spent on the students who count the one's attepting to get a education and to go onto high school.
Not the meathead jocks and cheerleaders running for the Mr and Miss Popularity contest.
That money needs to be spent on education period and if schools want sports let the parent pay for it not the taxpayers.
Katee

Yucaipa, CA

#9 Mar 7, 2010
While I can understand that deep cuts to be made, this is, truly, a frustrating situation, in which I have a dog in the fight!

I thought about the same two things: first and foremost, safety of the children who will be walking or using public busing, secondly, the possible drop in school attendance.

It is downright MADDENING when Karen Bass, up in Sacramento, left a parting gift for her workers, in the form of approximately a 10% pay raise! Even though that has nothing to do with this situation, it is outright frustrating to realize that some are getting raises while others suffer with no jobs.....and HS kids won't have bus service!
AndreaU8

Hacienda Heights, CA

#10 Mar 8, 2010
"We transport a lot from Loma Linda. My farthest stop is Redlands Boulevard and Tippecanoe (Avenue)."

- All the way to RHS? Will CVHS be any closer? What about San Bernardino schools?- though I would rather have my kid in a Redlands' school.
AndreaU8

Hacienda Heights, CA

#11 Mar 8, 2010
Northside Ned wrote:
What is crazy is that my house is 4/10 of a mile from Redlands High School but the school district says that we are in the REV attendance area. It would take my kids 7 minutes to walk to RHS on sidewalks, not crossing a single busy street, but instead they have to be transported nearly three miles east on Colton Avenue to another high school. Whoever in district administration drew up these boundaries needs to be demoted to yard duty.
Did you go to the district to complain? Only time they ever listen and not sure if you will get a "school change" though.
Dave in Crafton Hills

Chino Hills, CA

#12 Mar 8, 2010
Bill is RIGHT! Ride a bike.

How many times does the Redlands Bicycle Classic need to be run before the kids get a clue and wake up to the fact that a bicycle is fully capable of getting one across town?

Drive past the schools and you'll notice the places we used to park our bikes - if we got to school early enough before all the bike parking was taken - are empty.
Kate

Yucaipa, CA

#13 Mar 8, 2010
Dave, that is a feasibility IF one's child lives only two to three miles from school, BUT what if a child lives six or seven miles from school and that necessitates him or her riding in heavy traffic, plus inclement weather as in the heavy rain that was experienced yesterday?

As for going to CVHS, that might be an option, BUT only IF one's child is a freshman or sophomore!

Cuts need to be made somewhere and they're bound to hurt someone!

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