Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Busing woes continue some schools get private transportation.

Patience has worn out already for the  parents whose kids still do not have busing. People are at their wits end with the transportation schedules and traffic. The bigger schools are mostly taken care of, no matter the justifications or reasons parents of smaller schools have had it. One school's bids did not get picked up and they arranged private transportation charging non mandated parents $500 with the school swallowing the rest of the costs.
Yet, this did not stop a local website from posting a inflammatory headline "Are Catholic Kids Left Out in the Cold by Lakewood Busing Pilot Program?". There are actually a few thousand orthodox Jewish kids still with no busing, are they that clueless? did they not sit in traffic? According to the above referenced article some of their routes were simply not picked up yet, as per the LSTA Statement.  Additionally some catholic schools did not join the consortium and are under the BOE control. Nevertheless, parents are told Hopefully by next week it will be taken care of. 
Yes they heard those words before.

33 comments:

  1. "Are Catholic Kids Left out in the cold by Lakewood Busing Pilot Program?"
    -- horrible hateful headline from a local website

    "Lakewood BOE should have to pay for courtesy busing of private schools just as it did for public school non mandated students"
    -- horrible hateful headline from HefkerVelt

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    1. Why is that a hateful headline it reflects the feeling that busing is mandated to be equal for public and private by the state and if the township is picking up the non-mandated public school tab why should private school be any different. The first headline is a race baiting rabble rousing untrue statement, they clearly have not driven through lakewood nor have they interviewed any orthodox parents.

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    2. Fact: the BOE canceled courtesy buying for All lakewood students. However the township paid for all non mandated public school kids busing. The private mom mandated were not paid for. consortium is only responsible for the mandated private busing. With some extra funds they also hope to deliver busing for courtesy students too. Some Jewish and Catholic students are still without busing.

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  2. Please remember that hateful headlines are only by other websites. Your own blog is never hateful even if it is the blog responsible for a lot of the sinah that the umos hoolom have for us.

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    1. The sinah comes from self appointed askanim who speak in the name of the tzibbur. askanim who do reckless and dangerous things putting the entire tzibbur in a very not liked situation. But go ahead and place the blame on others.

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    2. The sinah goes way deeper than the bussing. Most of it is caused by bullies and the rabbonim in shtot who are scared of them.

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  3. Actualy hefkervelt is one 1000% correct its called raced based discrimination

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  4. Can we make a list of all schools that still don't have Ill start

    Shiras Chaim

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    1. Kamenitz
      Tehilas chaya sarah
      Bnos Melech
      Moreshes
      Meoros

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    2. Any kanarek schools?

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    3. Of course all Kanal schools gave busing. This whole process was created for his schools

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    4. Not all Kanarek schools have. Masores Bnos Yisroel doesn't and either does Mesivta Ohr Yisroel.

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    5. Mesivta Torah Temimah
      Mesivta Ahavas Torah

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    6. Nor does all of Bais Hatorah.

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  5. so now if these private schools pulled out of the consortium and keep their aid in leu for their mandated kids for themselves...then that is less money in the LSTA pot and this whole thing is going to blow up!

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  6. I'm confused. If there aren't enough busses to service Lakewood, then how did this private school get busses?!

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  7. How can my school opt out of the consortium like the Catholic school?

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  8. All the Jewish schools signed on with the consortium and elected an executive board consisting of school administrators/owners who undertook to work on behalf of ALL the schools within the consortium.
    Unfortunately, the executive board members made sure to first satisfy their own school's busing needs, thereby sidelining any school who's not connected to any board members of the executive committee.
    They try and spin it by saying that they worked on the larger schools first, which makes no sense whatsoever. The proper way to prioritize busing needs should be based on school location and the effect that carpool traffic will have in that area.
    i.e. a school like Bnot Yisroel, no matter how small, creates a nightmare of a gridlock in the already congested area of Williams & Prospect, which now affects all streets spilling into this area, as oppose to Yeshiva Orchos Chaim which can absorb the carpool traffic without affecting the rest of Lakewood, since is located in a relatively remote area of Lakewood.
    Instead the opposite was done.You ask why?
    Look at the executive board members and the schools they represent, then look at who does and who does not have busing.
    If your school does not have busing, call your school administrator and demand that your school break away from the consortium, as the whole consortium setup was doomed to failure from the start since this started so late in the year and those sitting on the board knew it all along. That is exactly why the all grabbed the first bidding rounds for themselves.

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  9. I can't believe the anti-semitism from that blog which intimated bias and prejudice against Catholics. They should do see the truth and not make baseless accusations.

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  10. If the state is giving them 17 million, and there are 24 thousand kids that need busing that equals $709 per child. That is about the amount the bus companies are charging.
    Soooo....can someone please explain me why the consortium is charging some families an extra $150 per child??

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    1. Because there is overhead, i.e., Rabbi Kravet's and numerous others' salaries, rent, etc.

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    2. Thats over $1,000,000 consortium overhead in my estimate....

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    3. Gus is also getting paid a nice salary he's making the routes.

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    1. Ytt is one of the most yashrus schools in the way they conduct themselves.

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  12. Well now many parents will be forced to pay over $5oo per child for busing. But if your daughters are in BF or BRR you only pay $150 to LSTA. Thank you to the askanim who made sure the big schools got first bids living the rest of Lakewood with no busing and having to pay thousands of dollars.

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  13. The busing shortage is not new this year its happened for the last few years. So much for the excuse of not enough buses and drivers. Even more of a reason why the bids should have been spread equally among all schools.

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  14. Are any schools saying anything about bus. My kids are in YTT and they havent said anything.

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    1. Hopefully in the very near future there will be a blaring headline on all Lakewood media by all the askanim that every child in Lakewood has busing!! for now they are all hiding.

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  15. So why did they let the routes for courtesy busing get bid on before mandated?
    If there is a shortage of buses then the courtesy busing should loose out. Why are the Mandated buses not getting these buses?

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  16. The app wants to do an article on the busing situation their reporter is looking for people to talk to, if your interested contact Shannon Mullen at smullen4@gannettnj.com

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  17. For the genius that recommended that yeshiva Orchos Chaim have carpools because they r located in a remote area...( Yoshev baseiser) u obviously have never been in that area at about 4:00! The traffic is insane between the cheder, Ohr Hatorah and Orchos Chaim's dismissal!!! It's brilliant to put huge schools so close to each other with roads that can't handle it....

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