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working mom

Wilmington, IL

#1 May 21, 2013
Wow! Just found out that it is going to cost $200 this year if my child rides the school bus because of where we live! I live on Broadway. My kindergarten student will be at a babysitter before and after school. Now I find out we have to pay for the bus regardless of where the sitter lives because of our home address. So now I either ask my sitter to drive him back and forth or pay. Not an option. The busses have to travel their routes regardless of how many students are on them.
So the families who live within 1 1/2 miles have to cover the cost of the whole bus of students? As a working mother I am penalized $200? Something stinks about this. even if I find a sitter outside of their "boundaries" I pay based on my home address. I appreciate our school district and feel Lucky that my child will be getting an excellent education but this does not seem fair to working parents. Not to mention the ridiculous congestion of people dropping off and picking up students every day.
Dan

Wilmington, IL

#2 May 22, 2013
working mom wrote:
Wow! Just found out that it is going to cost $200 this year if my child rides the school bus because of where we live! I live on Broadway. My kindergarten student will be at a babysitter before and after school. Now I find out we have to pay for the bus regardless of where the sitter lives because of our home address. So now I either ask my sitter to drive him back and forth or pay. Not an option. The busses have to travel their routes regardless of how many students are on them.
So the families who live within 1 1/2 miles have to cover the cost of the whole bus of students? As a working mother I am penalized $200? Something stinks about this. even if I find a sitter outside of their "boundaries" I pay based on my home address. I appreciate our school district and feel Lucky that my child will be getting an excellent education but this does not seem fair to working parents. Not to mention the ridiculous congestion of people dropping off and picking up students every day.
That's how it is in America today. The working people are puinished for working. I'll bet the people sitting home waiting for their link cards don't have to pay. That's just how it works now.
working mom

Wilmington, IL

#3 May 22, 2013
Dan you are right. This is going to really be a hardship for us. I work bard so I don't have to take assistance from the state but this is going to come out of our food budget. Times are just hard right now. I really am surprised that nobody else finds this $200 a serious hardship. Maybe they will let me make payments. I work my tail off to get my child into a good school district. I didn't see this coming. Does that mean the parents of 1st and 2nd graders let them ride their bikes? That road is way too busy. Maybe there is just a lot of stay at home moms that are lucky enough to be there to drive them back and forth. I wish that was possible for me.
Sal

Wilmington, IL

#4 May 22, 2013
With rising gas costs it would cost you over $200 to drive them.
working mom

Wilmington, IL

#5 May 22, 2013
It probably would but $200 up front along with the other costs of registration is just a big chunk I can't afford. Maybe they will let me make payments. There are so many houses within 2 miles of the schools. I guess this applies to a lot of families. So many that I still think it is questionable. Why not make the families that are farther away pay also? It is the same concept in reverse. They chose to live in the country. Why not make it across the board $200 for everyone? Or lower it to $100 and have everyone pay the fee if they want bus service.
Steve

Chicago, IL

#6 May 22, 2013
Im sure they will let u make payments. It sucks that it cost $200 to let ur kid ride the bus, but its the cheapest safest alternative to having them walk or ride a bike. Anytime i see kids under the age of 10 riding a bike alone i just shake my head. Sure we all did it when we were kids, but the times have changed. I just dont think its safe. Too many wack jobs out there.
working mom

Wilmington, IL

#7 May 22, 2013
I am with you on the Under 10 kids riding bikes. The road is much too busy and let's face it, the people driving are all in a hurry. It's not like it was when we were young. People used to stop and let kids or the elderly go across the road. I still think these fees should maybe start in Middle School or just be a flat rate for everyone that rides the bus.
black guy

Braidwood, IL

#8 May 22, 2013
just quit your job, get on public aid, get on food stamps and get one of those obama phones and they will waive that fee
working mom

Ashburn, VA

#9 May 22, 2013
Not funny. I prefer to teach my children that the easy way out is not the best way. I want them to have a strong work ethic.

P.S. I do not judge people by the color of their skin.
Calling yourself black guy is not cool. You are just a guy. No need to say black or white. I also teach my children not to put labels on people.
Thinking

Wilmington, IL

#10 May 22, 2013
Am I reading this right. If you live on Broadway you are considered within walking distance of the ECC?
Working Mom

Wilmington, IL

#11 May 22, 2013
Yes, a kindergarten student. Was told we were within the 1 1/2 mile parameter set up for bus fee' s.
$200 to ride the bus for the year. Like I said, it is an excellent school district and that is why we bought our home here. Just seems like it should be more across the board. Maybe lower the fee and have everyone that wants bus services pay. If you think about how many homes are within that distance of the school then that is a big chunk of change. I am curious if this is new or has always been in place. My first child is starting school. I know that most families are two income now. That is a lot of people either driving to the school or paying the fee. Gas prices are very high right now.
been there

United States

#12 May 23, 2013
I have been paying the bus fee for 2 years, for 2 kids and I completly agree with you. I live within a mile of the schools but my babysitter did not. They do let you make payments every quarter. When report cards come out your payment is due....
momk

Coal City, IL

#13 May 23, 2013
I live down the block from the ecc and he's not allowed to ride the bus.....not even an option to pay. There are kids that live around the corner that get to ride....and I believe for free!?! I would call again and find out for sure! Also there are alot of friendly parents in the Coal City schools that would probably be more than happy to help you with picking your child up and taking him to the sitters house so you can avoid the fee. Just saying.....
Blacker guy

Braidwood, IL

#14 May 23, 2013
Trust me, obama's got everything figured out, he's looking out for us black people, free health care, free food stamps, free phone's, free money. I dont know what where gonna do when he's gone, guess we'll have to get jobs.
working mom

Wilmington, IL

#15 May 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I will take your advice! It is a pleasure to have a positive exchange without somebody butting in with negative comments. Blacker guy: open your own discussion about your issues. You are negative and not welcome here
Fought and Won

Coal City, IL

#19 Jun 5, 2013
I had a similiar situation a few years ago while my children were at a daycare. The school bus didn't want to stop there because it was too close to the school. I did some research and found the transportation laws for Illinois. Read this: www.dot.il.gov/busing.pdf . If you review the statutes, most of old Coal City qualifies, parents just don't know this information. Coal City has very few sidewalks, no crossing guards except at main intersections and the distance to the ECC for a K-1st grader should qualify. Do your research and send an email to the Superintendent and the transportation director for the district. Check the sex offenders site to make sure the child wouldn't have to go past a house, etc. Get as much information to build your case. Make sure you quote or cite the wording in the handout. Even if you wouldn't allow your child to actually walk to school at that age, it may get your bus fee waived because they must take the bus for safe passage. Good luck.
Pay up

Wilmington, IL

#20 Jun 6, 2013
New rules. State is no longer funding kids who are not eligible for bus service. If you use daycare it is your responsibility to find transportation or pay.
working mom

Wilmington, IL

#21 Jun 6, 2013
I know gas prices are high, but if everyone within 2 miles of the school pays $200 that is a chunk of change!!
Just a thought

New Carlisle, IN

#22 Jun 14, 2013
I dont mean to offend anyone.. But isent it a parents job / resposibility to raise your children? That being said, should the school, other tax payers except the extra fee's and cost of getting your child to school so that you can work? After all you made the choice to pay someone else to raise your child while you are at work. Then why not make the choice to pay someone else to get your child to school? One question I have to ask here is, if your paying someone to care for child, keep them safe, then you are paying someone else to get them to and from school..What exactly is the role that you play in caring / parenting of your own child yourself?
really

Wilmington, IL

#23 Jun 14, 2013
That all goes without saying, and is quite harsh. If you add up all the people that live within the parameters the district set up that is a tremendous amount of money in addition to the funds the schools get from the state and your tax dollars. It is fair question. where does all that money go? You must be some serious swag if those are your feelings. If working mom was sitting at home collecting state aid you would probably fault her for that too. Shaking my head.

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