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Leominster students going back to school Wednesday - Sentinel &...

There are 47 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 16, 2008, titled Leominster students going back to school Wednesday - Sentinel &.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Leominster public schools will be in session Wednesday, Superintendent Nadine Binkley said Tuesday evening.

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Leominster resident

Grand Prairie, TX

#1 Dec 16, 2008
I really freakin can not believe this~
Are you serious? Avoid the debris on the side walk but do not walk on the road.
Shes a real pip eh Leominster,not to mention the storm we are getting tonight and you may not be able to see the debris everywhere but hey send them kids and bus's on out Binkley. Way to go.
Blue Dog

Lexington, MA

#2 Dec 16, 2008
I'm pretty surprised by this, especially considering the fact that the meteorologists are calling for 3-inches tonight. I'd be truly surprised if Leominster actually has school tomorrow.
West side

Revere, MA

#3 Dec 16, 2008
does anyone else think that this crazy to have school tomorrow considering the fact that every other surrounding town has cancelled school until Fri? Not mention the inclement weather that is going to be arriving on our doorsteps in a few short hours?
Call

Clinton, MA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
We got a call about school being on and the weather is also mention so to listen for reports in the morning.
Don Muraco

United States

#5 Dec 16, 2008
Just get yourselves out of bed and go do "some learnin". What do you want to end up like, a fitchburg grad?
Call

Clinton, MA

#6 Dec 16, 2008
We got the call tonight school was on but it was also mentioned to listen to the weather report for tomorrow.
Deb McCourt

Leominster, MA

#7 Dec 16, 2008
I enjoyed many of your opinions. I myself am keeping my child home tomorrow. However, Ms. Binkley realizes that amongst many other concerns, many Leominster students rely on the school for their two hot (only)meals a day. It may also be these students only adult supervision during the day while their parents try to get to work. So more power to her, protecting the students that need it and for those of you that feel your student should stay home with you, don't forget to pick up bread and milk tonight.
Hats off to the City Of Leominster, it seems you've done a banner job getting the area "back on track"
Bus Driver

Leominster, MA

#8 Dec 16, 2008
I really can not believe this... I have driven around the area today scouting for dangerous situations while in our buses and this is so not right! I live in an area where we were just turned back on an hour ago but the pole snapped and the LIVE wires are on the ground and our area isn't accessable by school buses so the children have to walk along side of these LIVE wires! WTF! The roads my be passable but there are trees that are broken and if we have to pull to the side of the road for oncomming traffic we are at risk of pulling down these broken branches and are risking having a tree fall on our bus!!! And what about the wires that are sagging and just plain hanging? We have these mirrors that hang off our buses that will rip off these wires!!! I have driven around a blind corner and had one right in my windshield...So great now we have to worry about the idiots that run our reds and watch for dangerous situations that are beond our control and knowledge and dodge kids walking on roads to avoid branches and low wires while trying to keep our buses away from oncomming traffic and out of hanging branches and wires!!!!
Binkley is probably on of those people who runs our red lights while turning her head pretending not to see the kid she almost hit!!!!
You need to stop being selfish and stop worring about how well you can pull it back together in the aftermath of this disaster...
The normalcy thing is BS and dosent stand up to the safety of our children!
I am a very safe driver but feel as if the safe transportation of our students is way too much of a load for us to handle at this stage of recovery!!!
Leominster resident

Grand Prairie, TX

#9 Dec 16, 2008
http://www.petitiononline.com/stopbink/petiti...

Anyone remember this? Big surprise on her not calling school off.
Oh brother

Clinton, MA

#10 Dec 16, 2008
Boy, here we go again, Binkley bashing. I use to walk from Carter School to downtown Leominster in all sorts of weather. This is New England folks, get over it. Or get your kids in your car and drive them in.
Eric D Actor

Leominster, MA

#11 Dec 16, 2008
Bus Driver wrote:
I really can not believe this... I have driven around the area today scouting for dangerous situations while in our buses and this is so not right! I live in an area where we were just turned back on an hour ago but the pole snapped and the LIVE wires are on the ground and our area isn't accessable by school buses so the children have to walk along side of these LIVE wires! WTF! The roads my be passable but there are trees that are broken and if we have to pull to the side of the road for oncomming traffic we are at risk of pulling down these broken branches and are risking having a tree fall on our bus!!! And what about the wires that are sagging and just plain hanging? We have these mirrors that hang off our buses that will rip off these wires!!! I have driven around a blind corner and had one right in my windshield...So great now we have to worry about the idiots that run our reds and watch for dangerous situations that are beond our control and knowledge and dodge kids walking on roads to avoid branches and low wires while trying to keep our buses away from oncomming traffic and out of hanging branches and wires!!!!
Binkley is probably on of those people who runs our red lights while turning her head pretending not to see the kid she almost hit!!!!
You need to stop being selfish and stop worring about how well you can pull it back together in the aftermath of this disaster...
The normalcy thing is BS and dosent stand up to the safety of our children!
I am a very safe driver but feel as if the safe transportation of our students is way too much of a load for us to handle at this stage of recovery!!!
Yes, lets let the kids play in the street all day instead of being safe at school. Maybe they can swing from the wires like Indiana Jones!

I swear, you people are morons. Kids are safer at school, not wandering the streets.
Leominster resident

Grand Prairie, TX

#12 Dec 16, 2008
Oh brother wrote:
Boy, here we go again, Binkley bashing. I use to walk from Carter School to downtown Leominster in all sorts of weather. This is New England folks, get over it. Or get your kids in your car and drive them in.
Oh get over it yourself,was it up hill both ways no shoes yada yada yada?
We are not talking about the snow tomorrow morning that would be fine, have you driven around the city in the past couple of hours? all the side walks i have seen are covered with debris from peoples property's either fallen there or placed there for pick up.
So the children are told to be mindful of the debris on the side walk and walk around it and also told not to walk in the street.
Why don't we just clear the paths for bus's and children THEN send them off.
I agree with the other poster, i think she just wants to say " look at me and how fast i got everything back rolling"
Bus Driver

Leominster, MA

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Eric D Actor wrote:
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Yes, lets let the kids play in the street all day instead of being safe at school. Maybe they can swing from the wires like Indiana Jones!
I swear, you people are morons. Kids are safer at school, not wandering the streets.
Yeah lets stick them on a bus and then blame us bus drivers for avoidable mishaps!
You can call me a moron when I am sitting on the side of the road with a load of students waiting for another bus to come and off load me because of a wire or limb on me while you are stuck having to re route your trip to work all pi$$ed of because I have made you late!!!
Oh brother

Clinton, MA

#14 Dec 16, 2008
Leominster resident wrote:
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Oh get over it yourself,was it up hill both ways no shoes yada yada yada?
We are not talking about the snow tomorrow morning that would be fine, have you driven around the city in the past couple of hours? all the side walks i have seen are covered with debris from peoples property's either fallen there or placed there for pick up.
So the children are told to be mindful of the debris on the side walk and walk around it and also told not to walk in the street.
Why don't we just clear the paths for bus's and children THEN send them off.
I agree with the other poster, i think she just wants to say " look at me and how fast i got everything back rolling"
Then why don't you drive your kids to the school bus stop or to school? If you can stay home and mind your kids while school is called off, you can drive them to school. What are you doing to try to make it any better? How long do you want them to cancel school for? This is going to take awhile to clean up, face it, so make some concessions to get your kids to school.
My childs parent

Leominster, MA

#15 Dec 16, 2008
Bus Driver wrote:
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Yeah lets stick them on a bus and then blame us bus drivers for avoidable mishaps!
You can call me a moron when I am sitting on the side of the road with a load of students waiting for another bus to come and off load me because of a wire or limb on me while you are stuck having to re route your trip to work all pi$$ed of because I have made you late!!!
If I was a bus driver in this situation, here is what I would do: steer the bus around curves and stuff, stop it to pick up children, press the gas, repeat, and then soon you are at the school. You can drop them off there. Come back at around 3 to pick them up and do the same thing but except the opposite. Pretty simple I think?

Try to have more confidence in yourself and your abilities. You can do it!
West side

Revere, MA

#16 Dec 16, 2008
make concessions? Why should we have to? School for my kids is taking the bus and waiting on a street corner where there already is debris left over from the storm which is too big to move ourselves. School should have been cancelled through Fri like every other town around us. It is going to take an accident for everyone to come to their senses!!
Leom

Petersham, MA

#17 Dec 16, 2008
We have power back in all of the schools now, so we're a go," she said. Are you kidding me??? Most of the schools in the surrounding communities have their power back, but that is not the main issue. Do all of the students in Leominster have power back at home? Are streets and sidewalks safe throughout the city? Do school employees (many of which live outside Leominster) have power at home?
South Side

Clinton, MA

#18 Dec 16, 2008
West side wrote:
make concessions? Why should we have to? School for my kids is taking the bus and waiting on a street corner where there already is debris left over from the storm which is too big to move ourselves. School should have been cancelled through Fri like every other town around us. It is going to take an accident for everyone to come to their senses!!
Do you really think all of this is going to be cleaned up by Friday? I doubt it.
Bus Driver

Leominster, MA

#19 Dec 16, 2008
My childs parent wrote:
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If I was a bus driver in this situation, here is what I would do: steer the bus around curves and stuff, stop it to pick up children, press the gas, repeat, and then soon you are at the school. You can drop them off there. Come back at around 3 to pick them up and do the same thing but except the opposite. Pretty simple I think?
Try to have more confidence in yourself and your abilities. You can do it!
And remember I am transporting your most precious cargo so stop making my job look like a cartoon strip...And if it were not for your childs bus driver picking your child up in thier big yellow ice box in the morning you would be getting into your ice box to transport them yourself!
And to all of my students parents that avoid me during the holidays, Thank you for putting your trust in me and allowing me to transport your most precious cargo, They really bring me so much joy!
Happy Holidays...
Jon

Old Lyme, CT

#20 Dec 16, 2008
Life goes on. If you are afraid of sending your precious children out onto the streets, then just keep them home. Seriously we are humans, we can adapt. Bring them to school then. What would they be doing at home? Would you be there to watch them or are you working? If you are going to be home then drive them in. If you are working, then they are better at school then home alone anyways.

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