Glitches make mess of schools' bus ro...

Glitches make mess of schools' bus routes

There are 21 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Glitches make mess of schools' bus routes. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Computer glitches fouled up school bus routes so badly that Hudson had to cancel classes on Wednesday and Stow-Munroe Falls had to send home letters with corrected bus information for the third time.

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Jack

Cleveland, OH

#1 Sep 4, 2008
More proof that using computer programs is not always best.

They didn't use computers when I was in school and there weren't problems with school routes. Perhaps it's time to going back to the "old-fashioned" way: have humans do it.
TyRaX

Akron, OH

#2 Sep 4, 2008
$2.3 Million a year! For that kind of money they could hire two year-round full time employees on their own to do this and still have $2.2 Million left to actually spend on education. If they did this to "save" money, the routes being touted must be really efficient to save over $2 Million worth of fuel a year. The taxpayers should be upset about this one, not just the parents of the kids that didn't get picked up.
Dazed and Confused

Akron, OH

#3 Sep 4, 2008
Didn't they have all summer to figure this out?
Jules

Dayton, OH

#4 Sep 4, 2008
So much for outsourcing to save money...
Try It Again

Akron, OH

#5 Sep 4, 2008
Just another example of how Ohio's school waste taxpayers' money. Of course, the people in Hudson have so much money that they don't care if it's wasted. I can't imagine why they didn't run those routes on the Monday & Tuesday before school opened to make sure they all were correct and didn't go down dead end streets, and such.
Maybe

Akron, OH

#6 Sep 4, 2008
Jack wrote:
More proof that using computer programs is not always best.
They didn't use computers when I was in school and there weren't problems with school routes. Perhaps it's time to going back to the "old-fashioned" way: have humans do it.
True, but when you were in school there weren't half as many kids attending. It is amazing there are still some old fogeys who will not change. Number one problem with our country, people won't change, or are afraid of change.
Frustrated Taxpayer

Amherst, OH

#7 Sep 4, 2008
At least Stow-Munroe-Falls Schools acknowledged that they made a mistake with the incident involving Holy Family Catholic School. In Hudson, the TOTAL administration(schoolboard, First Student and others) do not even realize that Seton Catholic School exists. This school of approx. 400 students is being totally left out in this busing disaster. Their students are suffering from the same ill-effects that the "public" school students are too. Hudson City School District has left Seton in the dark over this entire issue. Aren't Seton parents taxpayers too? Last check, the school(Seton) was taking almost 280 Hudson children out of the public system thus saving Hudson money not costing them money. Granted, it is a choice that Seton parents make in sending their children to Seton but shouldn't there be some fairness to all taxpayers!
Jack

Cleveland, OH

#8 Sep 4, 2008
Maybe wrote:
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True, but when you were in school there weren't half as many kids attending.
Please don't respond when you haven't a clue what you're talking about.
Jack

Cleveland, OH

#9 Sep 4, 2008
Frustrated Taxpayer wrote:
At least Stow-Munroe-Falls Schools acknowledged that they made a mistake with the incident involving Holy Family Catholic School. In Hudson, the TOTAL administration(schoolboard, First Student and others) do not even realize that Seton Catholic School exists.
Your frustration is getting in the way of educating yourself. The difference between Stow-Munroe Falls accepting responsibility and Hudson NOT is because SMF does NOT contract their bus services. Hudson does. Why should Hudson assume responsibility for another company's failure?

Get the facts BEFORE you whine.
James

Cleveland, OH

#10 Sep 4, 2008
"Just another example of how Ohio's school waste taxpayers' money. Of course, the people in Hudson have so much money that they don't care if it's wasted."

Ah yes... spoken like true ignorant Streetsboro trash (as long as we're stereotyping).
Maybe

Akron, OH

#11 Sep 4, 2008
Jack wrote:
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Please don't respond when you haven't a clue what you're talking about.
I don't have a clue to what I am talking about? It is true, most old people do not want change. One it is human nature, two "YOUR" generatinon is always right. Plus the fact that you responded without an intelligent thought proves my point. Who cares if it were a computer or not? Does it really matter? The fact is a mistake was made, people not from Hudson are doing nothing but bashing the city of Hudson and its residents because of jealousy. Then you come along and spout off about how the old fashioned way is the best way. You are the one who doesn't know what they are talking about. Mistakes were not made in the 'olden days' lol.
Taxpayer

Gary, IN

#12 Sep 4, 2008
Jack wrote:
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Why should Hudson assume responsibility for another company's failure?
Get the facts BEFORE you whine.
Because it was the Hudson School Board who chose the company. It is called ACCOUNTABILITY, somehting that many school boards have a tough time understanding. Do you think it is improper that the School Board should be responsible for the companies they choose to do business with?
REPUBLICANS GONE WILD

Bedford, OH

#13 Sep 4, 2008
HUDSON sTINKS.
REPUBLICANS GONE WILD

Bedford, OH

#15 Sep 4, 2008
buckeye in omaha wrote:
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Good one - idiot. I'm not being rude, you're just insignificant.
Good one - idiot. I'm not being rude, you're just insignificant.
mr_mike

Herndon, VA

#16 Sep 4, 2008
TyRaX wrote:
$2.3 Million a year! For that kind of money they could hire two year-round full time employees on their own to do this and still have $2.2 Million left to actually spend on education. If they did this to "save" money, the routes being touted must be really efficient to save over $2 Million worth of fuel a year. The taxpayers should be upset about this one, not just the parents of the kids that didn't get picked up.
The way I read it, they are spending $2.3mil for the busing service, not for the planning aspect of it.
Cloverine Fleetwood

Cleveland, OH

#17 Sep 4, 2008
Even the best planned opening of school will have some unexpected glitches, but the Hudson situation seems truly inexcusable. It crossed the boundary that separates normal and acceptable mix-ups from bungling incompetence.
John McCain

Kent, OH

#18 Sep 4, 2008
You've got to be kidding me that they are charging taxpayers $638 PER student (that uses the buses) to pay for a service that determines the busing routes. No wonder property taxes keep going up all over the state because of ineffecient uses of taxpayer resources. What next $100 per teacher for the coffee maker in the lounge.
Jack

Stow, OH

#19 Sep 4, 2008
Maybe wrote:
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I don't have a clue to what I am talking about? It is true, most old people do not want change.
One it is human nature, two "YOUR" generatinon is always right. Plus the fact that you responded without an intelligent thought proves my point. Who cares if it were a computer or not? Does it really matter? The fact is a mistake was made, people not from Hudson are doing nothing but bashing the city of Hudson and its residents because of jealousy. Then you come along and spout off about how the old fashioned way is the best way. You are the one who doesn't know what they are talking about. Mistakes were not made in the 'olden days' lol.
Yeah. You don't know what you're talking about. I am not old. But you are not very smart. THAT is a fact.
Cassie

New Philadelphia, OH

#20 Sep 4, 2008
John McCain wrote:
You've got to be kidding me that they are charging taxpayers $638 PER student (that uses the buses) to pay for a service that determines the busing routes. No wonder property taxes keep going up all over the state because of ineffecient uses of taxpayer resources. What next $100 per teacher for the coffee maker in the lounge.
That comes out to about 3.54 a day. 1.54 more than the metro bus.
Jack

Stow, OH

#21 Sep 4, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
Because it was the Hudson School Board who chose the company. It is called ACCOUNTABILITY, somehting that many school boards have a tough time understanding. Do you think it is improper that the School Board should be responsible for the companies they choose to do business with?
Don't use words you don't know the meaning of. The word in question for you is ACCOUNTABILITY. People like you really need to stop acting like you know more than people like me.

If you're going to hold someone accountable, then I suggest you start calling the company and asking them why the screwed up.

I can see you now when YOU screw up. You'll just blame the person for hiring you for hiring such a f--k up.

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