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Letter: School Children Need Sabin Point Bus Stop

This letter was submitted by Jennifer Campbell.

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.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Campbell

A concerned Citizen September 17, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The budget commission may be responsible for the cuts but it is the city officials that but us so far in the red there was no choice. If the city opened their eyes a few years ago when things were just starting to get in the red and did something about it the city wouldn't be where it is and the Budget Commission would not have to be here. Instead everyone turned a cheek and let our deficit get to almost $7M. City officials did this but the budget commission has to do the nasty clean up.
A concerned Citizen September 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I think the solution should be in the bus stops. ok fine cut 10 busses but redo the bus stops. Maybe call the transportation company that runs the busses. Not that it is there fault but because they are the ones who know bussing then maybe then can work with the parents to come up with a better route/stops plan that can be submitted to the city. Unfortunately this is all going to get worse before it gets better.
CZ September 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I heard the same rumor. What happens now is that it puts someone whose heart is in the right place running against someone who is pursuing political aspirations supported by those with clout and money. And who suffers? The kids.
Tamra September 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What rumor? My neighbors came up with a great Idea. They have a retired lady that picks up her kids (in a van) and a few kids from the neighborhood. they each chip in for gas and the kids are even safer then they were on the bus! I love seeing the community come together to help each other out. I will say that with this election, I will not vote for anyone who is a politician, a lawyer etc. I want real people preferably someone who has been a resident and knows how things used to be and will get that back for us. I'm tired of all these big money people running our town. I want real people who went to our public schools and have kids in our public schools. They need to feel our pain.
Linda Ellinwood September 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Just received an email stating that no stop will be added. His reason is because a stop further down Bullocks Pt Ave would be placed ina walking area of students not eligiible for a bus? So there you have it....

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