Redlands cuts high school busing

Redlands cuts high school busing

There are 21 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Mar 7, 2010, titled Redlands cuts high school busing. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

Riding the bus to school next year will not be an option for many students after a vote by the board of education to eliminate home- to-school transportation for most high school students.

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Michele

Redlands, CA

#1 Mar 8, 2010
I hope Redland's doesn't completely follow the example of the Yucaipa Calimesa School District on this issue. As a parent of three Yucaipa kids I have to say that transportation to and from school has become a huge issue in our lives. It's not as convenient and easy to get our kids to school as our district officials have portrayed it for this article. We rely heavily on carpools and when someone from the carpool can't be there, it effects all the kids in the carpool. The school district in Yucaipa decided not to do a fee based bus program because they said some of the kids couldn't afford it, but the fees could have offset some of the costs and allowed transportation services to continue, even if they would have been reduced. I hope the Redland's parents and school district can come up with a better plan than Yucaipa did....how many of us have asked our kids if they would jump off a bridge just because their friend did it? In this case Redland's shouldn't jump off this bridge just because Yucaipa did it.
Reality check

Desert Hot Springs, CA

#2 Mar 8, 2010
Oh Pat Gilbreath, what is your city coming to? You cannot even run the City of Redlands, and you want to run for Assembly? I'd rather vote for a Mayor of a thriving City with a BALANCED budget... like Rancho Cucamonga.

www.donkurth.com
Cool

Menifee, CA

#3 Mar 8, 2010
I guess this is a great way to keep the black plague out of our Redlands schools. Redlands High was so much better without them, it will return to its old glory without Jerome and Frychikinisha to disrupt serious students.
dlorahdebarge

Whittier, CA

#4 Mar 8, 2010
I have no doubt that the Redland's District Budget is as bloated with administration payroll as is Yucaipa's. Parents need to take a good look at the boards, a good look at the massive amounts of money that the school is paying for non-teacher expenses, and realize that maybe they should lose a few redundant administrative jobs to save busing. The boards in some of the local communities know based on PTSA figures that too many parents cannot speak-up so they rest on their laurels quite literally. Shame on those board members and administrators who have exploited their positions and now cry foul because the state has run out of money. The atitude of buy it now or it won't be in the budget next year has cost everyone dearly, not just the taxpayer. I say fire an administrator or two and fun busing, or maybe let the admins drive the buses and then show up for work.
really

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 8, 2010
Cool wrote:
I guess this is a great way to keep the black plague out of our Redlands schools. Redlands High was so much better without them, it will return to its old glory without Jerome and Frychikinisha to disrupt serious students.
What in the world does that have to do with anything. Are you saying black kids don't know how to ride a city bus. Wierd comment. The article talked about losing bussing from Loma Linda and there aren't many black students from that area. So really don't know what you are saying.
Tax Fiend

Loma Linda, CA

#6 Mar 8, 2010
So if they have 2,500 students just in HS that use the bus why not try a pilot project a fee for service for the bus? Charge per student $20 a month for the service 4x per week and have the family provide transportation 1x per week. That sure beats $35 a month for a bus pass on Omni Trans or the family paying for gas at $3.00 plus per gallon for gas. So that's $50,000 in funding for bussing.
Fontana Catholics

United States

#7 Mar 8, 2010
My niece travels also most 7 miles from the border of Loma Linda. Redlands district isn't what it use to be.
reaper

Burbank, CA

#8 Mar 8, 2010
Transportation should be cut- parents will find a way to get their kids to school-I do
hunkie boy

Fontana, CA

#9 Mar 8, 2010
2 goods from this, students need to walk with all the obesity, lot of bus drivers have a drinking propblem.
MTZ

United States

#10 Mar 8, 2010
Here's a couple observations.

"RUSD Director of Transportation Imogene Johnson"

With greatly limited bussing, there should be limited need for a Director of Transportation. Imogene, have you started to look for work yet?

"Most riders come from lower income families with parents who may find it difficult to find alternative transportation."

Come on RUSD, this is just down right silly. Many of your bussed students are high school kids from Highland and Loma Linda, hardly the "low income" areas of RUSD.

"There is a grave concern that there will be students who can't get to school," said Jolene Tripp, bus pass coordinator and president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals Association."

Jolene, let's cut to the chase. The only thing you care about is you buss pass coordinator job and you have no remorse pulling out the "it's for the children" scare tactic. Jolene, you need to start looking for another job now, and fast. You will be added to the savings. Oh, and Jolene, kids were getting to school long before school busses became available.

"Annually, RUSD spends about $2 million to transport about 5,000 of its 21,000 students, Rhodes said. The elimination of high school transportation should save the district $775,000, and the bell schedule changes would save $600,000, said Sherryl Avitabile, assistant superintendent, Business Services. "

This appears to be creative math. What does RUSD collect in revenue via the bus pass program? Is that $2M net of bus passes sold? Why are the savings less than half of what the district spends? Cutting a program should almost completely eliminate the expenditure. Again, it looks like hanky panky with the numbers to me. Where exactly are you accounting for the bus pass revenue? How many staff will be let go due to the bussing reduction?

Demographics - Redlands chose where to build its schools, and chose to build its recent boodoggle of a high school in an area that poorly services the student population without bussing. RUSD used bussing to justify the placement of the school on property far from the centroilds of its bussed high school student populations in Loma Linda and Highland. Why did they do such a thing? Because RUSD thinks its the City of Redlands, and not just a school district. BUT, RUSD knows it needs the STAR and Standard Test scores of its Loma Linda and Highland high schoolers to balance to poor performing numbers in other parts of the district. Bussing was central to the demographic issues for setting school boundaries, and for placement of the new school. It will be interesting to see the flight of students to the logical school of choice now that bussing is gone.

Bottom line, the end of the bussing program for most students is a property tax on Highland and Loma Linda, and on parts or Redlands.
Crazy Mex

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Mar 8, 2010
I hope they keep cutting more and more from these school districts. Maybe my property taxes will start to drop.

When I was little we walked and never gave it a second thought. Maybe if these kids sell there IPODS and cell phones they can afford their own transportation.

The only good illegal is a deported illegal. Buy American. Two helpful hints to restore your bus service.
River Tam

Riverside, CA

#12 Mar 8, 2010
MTZ wrote:
Here's a couple observations.
"RUSD Director of Transportation Imogene Johnson"
With greatly limited bussing, there should be limited need for a Director of Transportation. Imogene, have you started to look for work yet?
"Most riders come from lower income families with parents who may find it difficult to find alternative transportation."
Come on RUSD, this is just down right silly. Many of your bussed students are high school kids from Highland and Loma Linda, hardly the "low income" areas of RUSD.
"There is a grave concern that there will be students who can't get to school," said Jolene Tripp, bus pass coordinator and president of the Redlands Education Support Professionals Association."
Jolene, let's cut to the chase. The only thing you care about is you buss pass coordinator job and you have no remorse pulling out the "it's for the children" scare tactic. Jolene, you need to start looking for another job now, and fast. You will be added to the savings. Oh, and Jolene, kids were getting to school long before school busses became available.
"Annually, RUSD spends about $2 million to transport about 5,000 of its 21,000 students, Rhodes said. The elimination of high school transportation should save the district $775,000, and the bell schedule changes would save $600,000, said Sherryl Avitabile, assistant superintendent, Business Services. "
This appears to be creative math. What does RUSD collect in revenue via the bus pass program? Is that $2M net of bus passes sold? Why are the savings less than half of what the district spends? Cutting a program should almost completely eliminate the expenditure. Again, it looks like hanky panky with the numbers to me. Where exactly are you accounting for the bus pass revenue? How many staff will be let go due to the bussing reduction?
Demographics - Redlands chose where to build its schools, and chose to build its recent boodoggle of a high school in an area that poorly services the student population without bussing. RUSD used bussing to justify the placement of the school on property far from the centroilds of its bussed high school student populations in Loma Linda and Highland. Why did they do such a thing? Because RUSD thinks its the City of Redlands, and not just a school district. BUT, RUSD knows it needs the STAR and Standard Test scores of its Loma Linda and Highland high schoolers to balance to poor performing numbers in other parts of the district. Bussing was central to the demographic issues for setting school boundaries, and for placement of the new school. It will be interesting to see the flight of students to the logical school of choice now that bussing is gone.
Bottom line, the end of the bussing program for most students is a property tax on Highland and Loma Linda, and on parts or Redlands.
havent seen another this silly since the days of LSW
Dave in Crafton Hills

Chino Hills, CA

#13 Mar 8, 2010
First, Redlands builds the new high schools OUTSIDE OF TOWN, then they figure out they can't afford to bus our kids all this extra added distance.

Is anybody at RSD capable of Thinking Ahead?

Anybody?

“a good community is OUR job”

Since: Mar 09

Pasadena

#14 Mar 8, 2010
hunkie boy wrote:
2 goods from this, students need to walk with all the obesity, lot of bus drivers have a drinking propblem.
always looking for the bright side. LOL hunkie boy!
Crazy Mex

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Mar 8, 2010
Fontana Catholics wrote:
My niece travels also most 7 miles from the border of Loma Linda. Redlands district isn't what it use to be.
Send her to Catholic school no worries shes a girl. if she were a boy I would advise against it to many gay priest.
Crazy Mex

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 8, 2010
Cool wrote:
I guess this is a great way to keep the black plague out of our Redlands schools. Redlands High was so much better without them, it will return to its old glory without Jerome and Frychikinisha to disrupt serious students.
Mr Cool you sir are a bigot and I love it, but you forgot the illegals anchor babies to go along with the tar babies
MTZ

United States

#17 Mar 8, 2010
River Tam wrote:
<quoted text>
havent seen another this silly since the days of LSW
Facts, truths, and logic. Not something you appear to be used to. Let me guess, you're fed by tax dollars, either as an employee, retiree, or dependent. And I'm guessing your a union or employee association member.
MTZ

United States

#18 Mar 8, 2010
Dave in Crafton Hills wrote:
First, Redlands builds the new high schools OUTSIDE OF TOWN, then they figure out they can't afford to bus our kids all this extra added distance.
Is anybody at RSD capable of Thinking Ahead?
Anybody?
No.
James

Murrieta, CA

#19 Mar 14, 2010
Kids are just going to drop out, get their GED, go to college and move on in life. I'm guessing most are going to have to get home-schooled.

But yah see, that's what happens when too many people abuse the system.
Concerned Parent

Banning, CA

#20 Mar 14, 2010
Tax Fiend wrote:
So if they have 2,500 students just in HS that use the bus why not try a pilot project a fee for service for the bus? Charge per student $20 a month for the service 4x per week and have the family provide transportation 1x per week. That sure beats $35 a month for a bus pass on Omni Trans or the family paying for gas at $3.00 plus per gallon for gas. So that's $50,000 in funding for bussing.
Last year I spent $200 on the School Bus for my daughter to go from East Highland to REV. At her bus stop alone there were 25 students so do the math that is $5000. What is a single mom suppose to do who is also a working mom? How does one get their children to school?

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