Posted by Kathy Hepner, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2007 at 11:22 am
My family and I moved here from the East Coast five months ago and I was surprised I needed to buy a school bus pass for my oldest son who attends Monte Vista High. In Maine, the bus was provided by the school district but I understand California has some school funding issues and the population is much larger, so I said "OK." Now, it is to be taken away completely. That I do not understand.
You mentioned that many students did not take advantage of the bus service, but you neglected to mention that quite often there was no room on the bus. This happened mostly on the return trip so I began to pick up my son, which was a whole new experience in traffic control or lack of it. The parking lot had a lot of teens anxious to leave and a lot of anxious parents sitting in a backed up parking lot. I was yelled at by a parent and a student at the same time both telling me to move my car in different directions. The student told me to move my car or he would just hit me. Not a pleasant experience.
Also, traffic trying to leave the schools creates a moving parking lot along Green Valley road. By ending school busing, the district is creating more traffic issues, parking problems as more students drive themselves to school, safety issues particularly with the younger kids and a bigger pollution problem with the added cars on the road.
I do not claim to have an answer to this, but maybe there is funding somewhere to keep school busing alive in the district. I do believe it should be viewed as an essential part of the school district's budget.