Parents want more buses for West Hemp...

Parents want more buses for West Hempstead School District, but at what cost?

There are 14 comments on the South Shore Record story from Mar 11, 2010, titled Parents want more buses for West Hempstead School District, but at what cost?. In it, South Shore Record reports that:

West Hempstead parents who live within three-quarters of a mile from district elementary and parochial schools are asking the West Hempstead Union Free School District to provide transportation for their children, but they may not realize what the added service will actually cost them.

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CLF

Baldwin, NY

#1 Mar 19, 2010
This issue is completely ridiculous. The cost to residents is absurd. It would be much cheaper for a family member to drive 3/4 of a mile, despite the cost of gas. Three quarters of a mile.....come on people you have got to be kidding me. People wonder why our children lack exercise?? We don't even have parents or caretakers that are willing to walk that short distance. Try setting a better example,by saving fuel and getting exercise.
disgusted

Flushing, NY

#2 Apr 10, 2010
I completely agree
Bob

United States

#3 Apr 18, 2010
I completely agree. I am West Hempstead parent who walks or drives (due to the weather) my children to school. If this proposition passes my children would be eligible for the bus, but I am against this proposition.

Clearly we are at a time when EVERYONE needs to make some sacrifices to keep the costs of schools (and in general, all government services) down. Busing from a 0.3 mile limit seems like something, while convenient, can be considered a luxury.
Marlene

Elizabeth, NJ

#4 Apr 18, 2010
I disagree. First of all, no one really lets their kids walk--they carpool. That doesn't help kids exercise. And frankly, no one is going to let their kid walk .74 miles anywhere.
And one bus can replace, like, 30 minivans clogging our streets.
But besides that, I think for families where there are two parents working, its not a luxury--its a need. I know alot of friends who have had to turn doen jobs or cut back hours to be able to drive their kids, when their neighbor right next door gets a free bus.
If we have buses, everyone should get them. Not just some people.
excited about this

Elizabeth, NJ

#5 Apr 18, 2010
You should check out this follow up article to see the other side:

http://www.liherald.com/westhempstead/detail/...
excited about this

Elizabeth, NJ

#6 Apr 18, 2010
See the follow up article here:

http://www.liherald.com/westhempstead/detail/...
Natalie

AOL

#7 Apr 20, 2010
I am in favor of the bus. I have 6 children and run a home business where I CANNOT leave the house. I am 1.4 mile from the middle school. My cornwell ave child gets the bus, my 7th grader gets bus service, but my 8th grader doesn't- how dumb is that? Even if I could drive the two middle schoolers, I would have to wake up the 4th grader & the 3 babies ages 4,3 and 7 months to drive to middle school at 7:45, go home and hope the 4th grader didnt miss her bus then do the same routine in the afternoon. The traffic with all the parents driving their kids is horrible. I think the smart thing to do is check if the students that get the bus actually use it, cause when i see the buses, especially the MS & HS, its not full.
Truth

Valley Stream, NY

#8 Apr 22, 2010
Adding busses would be ridiculous. Every one must vote no. We cannot afford to pay for this. If your kids cant walk you have a problem
Edward

Garden City, NY

#9 May 18, 2010
I have been paying School taxes for over 30 years with no kids in any school. When do We get to stop this? Let able bodied students walk a little.
teresa

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 18, 2010
Natalie wrote:
I am in favor of the bus. I have 6 children and run a home business where I CANNOT leave the house. I am 1.4 mile from the middle school. My cornwell ave child gets the bus, my 7th grader gets bus service, but my 8th grader doesn't- how dumb is that? Even if I could drive the two middle schoolers, I would have to wake up the 4th grader & the 3 babies ages 4,3 and 7 months to drive to middle school at 7:45, go home and hope the 4th grader didnt miss her bus then do the same routine in the afternoon. The traffic with all the parents driving their kids is horrible. I think the smart thing to do is check if the students that get the bus actually use it, cause when i see the buses, especially the MS & HS, its not full.
Literally mind-boggling! Do you really think that the tax-paying citizens of West Hempstead should pay for bus transportation in addition to the general cost of educating SIX CHILDREN?! Where does personal responsibility and fairness enter into the equation? Why do you feel that it is the community's responsibility to shoulder the educational expenses incurred when families decide to have so many children, especially when the majority of that community does not have similarly sized families?
mom of 4

West Babylon, NY

#11 May 22, 2010
We are certainly living in a time where personal responsibility is out the window. I wonder how many people who voted for the bus to pick up their child (who also probably want it to be at their front door) also voted NO for the school budget. I have 4 children, all who were in, or will be in, the WH schools. I work a full time job and never whined about the busing. I networked and found people of good reputation to help me out (for a fee...yes, that's right...I take my own hard earned money and PAY someone to help me out) We all make choices folks...stop whining and find a way to DEAL with it where it doesn't involve other people's money.
the hardliner

United States

#12 May 23, 2010
This is so ridiculous!I'm not paying a penny more in taxes so some fat kid who doesn't want to walk to school can have a bus take them 3/4 of a mile. They seem to have plenty of energy to skateboard and write graffiti all over everything here! This town is starting to look like parts of brooklyn. Maybe if the little angels walked to school they would have less energy to commit acts of vandalism. And maybe their equally obese parents could walk with them. Aren't our taxes high enough? If you choose to have kids, deal with the consequences. Don't make the rest of us pay for them.
Truth

Valley Stream, NY

#13 Jun 5, 2010
If people didnt know the vote already happend...lol and failed by like 1500 votes
Katie

Bluffton, SC

#14 Dec 4, 2012
I think there should be more busess because kids are crammed in seats,it's noisy, and kids write in the bus seats and say nasty things

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