To the editor,
The bus stop at Shore Road and Bullocks Point that has served the Sabin Point neighborhood for years should be reinstated.
As of the start of this school year, children from Sabin Point must walk a mile beyond their old bus stop and away from their school, carrying heavy backpacks, walking on rough sidewalks. Why? Bus 13 then proceeds to drive right past where they have conveniently and safely waiting for years.
The superintendent’s office has not answered my questions about this decision, so I’ll answer them myself.
Q: How does eliminating a well-used bus stop on the route save money?
A: It doesn’t. Instead, the cost of transporting our children is multiplied by the numbers of parents who will drive their kids to Oldham.
Q: How does asking children to walk over a mile carrying heavy backpacks prepare them to learn?
A: It doesn’t. It endangers our children by exposing them to more traffic and uneven sidewalks. It causes physical harm to posture and adds stress to the day—both bad for learning.
Q: What does this decision teach our kids about sustainable communities?
A: Nothing. It harms the spirit of the neighborhood. Morning chats that allow parents to share information and kids to form friendships will be degraded. The environment will be harmed by short trips and idling cars,
LET’S REINSTATE THE BUS STOP AT SHORE AND BULLOCKS POINT.
LET’S MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.
LET’S DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS.