Lebanon denies busing request
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Since: Jul 10
#1 Sep 21, 2010
some how this story isnt right, the school board is worried about money, the family is rightfully worried about their childs saftey, but if you think about it, the school board dosnt deny the saftey concerns of the child, god forbid something happening to the child, no one wants that, but if something were to happen, the law suit that could follow could and will cost alot more than the price of another bus!
#2 Sep 21, 2010
The school can not be responsible for all the students as they walk to and from school. That responsibity is the parents. I understand parents have to work, but if a child gets hurt while walking how is that the schools fault. It's different if it is on school grounds. I believe we would all rather have our children be bused to school, but it's not possible. I'm sure there would have been complants if our taxes would go up due to adding buses.
#3 Sep 21, 2010
I agree with Lebanon parent.
And no matter what they decide, everyone isn't going to be happy.
#4 Sep 22, 2010
I understand the arguments from both sides. Who wants to pay more taxes to pay for additional school buses. Who wants their children to be endangered by walking the city streets to and or from school. I question the states guidelines for reimbursement. Is it reasonable for a elementary school student to walk up to 1.5 miles to school. How many adults can walk that far let alone a 6 or 7 year old child. How is a child walking that far to school in the morning going to have good energy when they arrive at school. How is that going to help them study. This is not the way to combat childhood obesity.When the city in their infinite wisdom redistricted the schools did they take in to consideration that now some students who live 3 blocks from and elementary school are now supposed to go to a school that is a mile or more away. I know that you can do open enrollment to change schools but that is not always possible and that is not solving overcrowding that is occurring. When the city decided to make the changes did they think that they would need to have more crossing guards in place to facilitate the new long distance walkers. The answer is no.....Oh wait the city police department is in charge of hiring crossing guards. When asked the police department indicated that they know nothing. My son who could walk three blocks to school now has to walk a mile and cross two major streets Lincoln Ave and Walnut street just to get to his new school. There is not one crossing guard available to help kids cross these busy streets. I am appalled that the city would think that a 7 year old can negotiate those major street crossings unaided. Not all parents have cars to haul their children to and from school. Not all parents can work school transport around their jobs. Is that the school systems problem....No....but it will be everyone's problem when a child gets hurt walking to or from school. There is no perfect solution to the problem...but it is a problem that can't be ignored.
#5 Sep 22, 2010
but if a child is walking to school that does help childhood obesity.
#6 Sep 22, 2010
A child's safety should be more important then any tax hike we would have to pay.Lebanon is such a bad area to make any kid walk
#7 Sep 25, 2010
Pull up a city map online...
and go for a walk and/or drive with your children...
and plan your best walking routes.
My children (3) walked SAFELY...
from South 1st Avenue...
to the Middle School and High School..
Never an incident. Never an excuse.
There are plenty of BAD places to cross streets in this small city. Plenty of streets with no sidewalks in the south township area around the high school and newspaper buiding as well.
For southeasterners.. it's Lincon Avenue and Walnut Street... State Drive.... and the township streets (Elm, Poplar) with no sidewalks.
For southwesterners... it's 9th, 10th, and 12th, as well as Cornwall and Quentin.
For northerners... it's the mainways and signed highways in all directions.
Walk the right streets, and cross at the right corners.
It takes awhile.
It's good exercise, too.
THIS parent laid out walking routes...
streets with good sidewalks...
corners with good traffic lights and stop signs.
This ensures SAFETY.
If your children are the ones who chin up to drives who must brake,
lounge into streets without even bothering to look,
and ride mini wheel toys in the driving lanes...
either teach them now...
or see them get hurt.
And no lawsuits. YOU are at fault. Not the drivers.
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