Chelmsford changes SPED transport

Chelmsford changes SPED transport

There are 40 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jun 18, 2008, titled Chelmsford changes SPED transport. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

For the first time in 26 years, special-needs transportation is changing. In a 4-1 vote last night, the School Committee supported severing its longtime relationship with Town & Country Transportation and ...

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Benji

Rochester, NH

#2 Jun 18, 2008
jjj wrote:
I don't think we should have to pay anything for this.
And your suggestion for transporting these kids is.......
Good Move

Framingham, MA

#3 Jun 18, 2008
Cuts costs so the SPED kids are not getting limozene service we cannot afford, especially with gas prices on the rise. Still allows them to get educational help. Another private outsourcer off the public dole, and a more efficient and less expensive method of student transportation. Great job Kathy,Evelyn and Christine. That's thinking out of the box. The old vote "no"people should applaud this, but they're never happy anyway until we close the schools once and for all.
chelmsford parent

Andover, MA

#4 Jun 18, 2008
Funny how the people who voted no for the override are the biggest complainers when changes come. Some good? Some bad? At least they save money.
A Chelmsford resident

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Jun 18, 2008
The townspeople in several meetings specifically demanded the "no rock be unturned." By saving $200 a year individually,the townspeople seemingly pushed a pay as you go agenda.
Many claimed the are efficiencies to be had yet, had no specifics. Well, we are seeing what is being done in the name of efficiency.
Yet, where are the leaders of the no override movement? Should they not be in the thick of these things? Should they not be leading the charge to prevent this type of impact with other alternatives?
Concerned Also

Dracut, MA

#6 Jun 18, 2008
This SPED transportation contract has not been put out to bid in 26 years? Now we say we saved $200,000? How much did we overspend in 26 years.I will pay $400 just in busing fees this year.We are losing police and firemen.Our safety as well as our income is on the line here. I say sell off some town owned land to pay for this mess. How can we have publicly owned land when we are this much in debt.look into selling one of our public beaches or town land to the highest bidder. If that were to be proposed don't you think people in this town would think the amount asked for in the over-ride was a bargain?
Taxpayer

Peabody, MA

#7 Jun 18, 2008
I have no children in the system so it really irritates me when parents demand that I pay more for services their children utilize.

If these parents want a specific company to provide this service because it is easier for them (I definitely get no benefit), let them pick up the difference or they can stop their complaining. They should be grateful that they are not forced to pick up the difference between the average cost per pupil and the cost to educate their child (despite the fact that it is absurd to "invest" so much in a group that provides such little return - wouldn't we string up our fund managers if we got this rate of return for our retirement accounts?.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#8 Jun 18, 2008
Concerned Also wrote:
I say sell off some town owned land to pay for this mess. How can we have publicly owned land when we are this much in debt.look into selling one of our public beaches or town land to the highest bidder. If that were to be proposed don't you think people in this town would think the amount asked for in the over-ride was a bargain?
I really doubt it. Overrides are forever and they are on top of the 2.5% increase already built in.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#9 Jun 18, 2008
A Chelmsford resident wrote:
Well, we are seeing what is being done in the name of efficiency.
Yet, where are the leaders of the no override movement? Should they not be in the thick of these things? Should they not be leading the charge to prevent this type of impact with other alternatives?
Why would they be? They have already said they can't keep up with the tax bills.
About time

Dracut, MA

#10 Jun 18, 2008
I want to thank the parent (I believe he is a chelmsford police officer)who first raised the issue about putting the SPED contract out to bid.Would he consider running for school committee? I cant believe the town waited so long to bid this contract.What other shenanigans goes on in this town behind the scenes.We saved 200K because one parent made a logical suggestion to the town?
Dont fault SPED parents

Dracut, MA

#11 Jun 18, 2008
I can understand SPED parents concerns.However as a parent myself of 2 boys 5 and 6 years old we all need to give this a chance.After bus fees,activity fees etc WE are all in this together.
The Next Door Neighbor

Hoboken, NJ

#12 Jun 18, 2008
Special needs kids are *just* as entitled to a FREE education much like the regular ed kids, AND they should be afforded a way to get there especially when the town they live in can not handle them.

For those that don't think so, shame on you and I hope you never have the wonderful opportunity to have a special needs child in your life. I wouldn't want to torture the poor child.
The Next Door Neighbor

Hoboken, NJ

#13 Jun 18, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
I have no children in the system so it really irritates me when parents demand that I pay more for services their children utilize.
If these parents want a specific company to provide this service because it is easier for them (I definitely get no benefit), let them pick up the difference or they can stop their complaining. They should be grateful that they are not forced to pick up the difference between the average cost per pupil and the cost to educate their child (despite the fact that it is absurd to "invest" so much in a group that provides such little return - wouldn't we string up our fund managers if we got this rate of return for our retirement accounts?.
Are you a senior or get other services from your town? Use the library? Does that mean that people with children don't have to support you in your town either? It goes both ways.
chelmsford parent

Andover, MA

#14 Jun 18, 2008
Concerned Also wrote:
This SPED transportation contract has not been put out to bid in 26 years? Now we say we saved $200,000? How much did we overspend in 26 years.I will pay $400 just in busing fees this year.We are losing police and firemen.Our safety as well as our income is on the line here. I say sell off some town owned land to pay for this mess. How can we have publicly owned land when we are this much in debt.look into selling one of our public beaches or town land to the highest bidder. If that were to be proposed don't you think people in this town would think the amount asked for in the over-ride was a bargain?
I don't think I've heard if the SPED parents have to pay the bus fee. I'm going to pay $800, activities $750 and sports about $600. There is no family cap, so I'm wondering, shouldn't SPED parents pay the fee, too? What about Nashoba Tech and the Charted school parents? Where are their fees?
PATSFAN4EVA

Peabody, MA

#15 Jun 18, 2008
I believe this is the worst decision made in this town for the almost 60 years that I have lived in Chelmsford. I hope that the transistion for the children will go smoothly but seriously doubt that it will. I also hope that the monies saved will be used appropriately.

What a brilliant idea to measure efficiency and cost effectiveness!!! One would think that it is done as a normal course of action for all of the towns spending..........Whoops
chelmsford parent

Andover, MA

#16 Jun 18, 2008
The Next Door Neighbor wrote:
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Are you a senior or get other services from your town? Use the library? Does that mean that people with children don't have to support you in your town either? It goes both ways.
Maybe everything should be a fee for service. Fire, EMS, Police, DPW. Just like at the doctor's office, you can't use it until you produce your co-pay.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#17 Jun 18, 2008
chelmsford parent wrote:
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I'm going to pay $800, activities $750 and sports about $600. Where are their fees?
Ok.
$750 for activities +$600 for sports =$800?

Take your kids out of sports and activities and use the money to go to night school and take an arithmatic class.
The Next Door Neighbor

Hoboken, NJ

#19 Jun 18, 2008
jjj wrote:
Make them all walk and if they can find the school they can go!!! Think of it like therapy.
LOL! Wait, who's sicker - me for laughing or you for saying it?:)
OG Frank

North Reading, MA

#20 Jun 18, 2008
PATSFAN4EVA wrote:
I believe this is the worst decision made in this town for the almost 60 years that I have lived in Chelmsford. I hope that the transistion for the children will go smoothly but seriously doubt that it will. I also hope that the monies saved will be used appropriately.
Now I am not an expert, but SPED kids don't go to school during the summer right? So they will stop using one bus company, then when school starts again they'll be using another, I don't think it's that big of a change. I mean do they have the same teacher for all the years they are in school?
It seems to me that people are just looking for an excuse to complain. And seeing N Reading is the largest SPED busing co in NE, I think they will be up to the task.
Boxer

Plymouth, MA

#21 Jun 18, 2008
Well,what do you know! Someone is trying to economize. I hope they come up with more stringent standards for families to get on the SPED gravy train.
Duh

Haverhill, MA

#22 Jun 18, 2008
Taxpayer, your the idiot. The person is going to pay $800 dollars for the bus fee, in addition to the activity and sports fees. Why don't you go back to night school for a course in reading comprehension.

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