Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Parents are asked to be patient as busing still not under control

Patience patience, schools and the LSTA are asking frustrated parents to hold out a bit longer as busing issues are worked on. More bids were picked up by bus companies, while some schools are still without busing. Schools that have busing are also running into problems with buses showing up late or not showing up at all. One school had busing last week but than lost busing service this week. Bus companies from nearby towns are being wooed to bid and pick up routes that are  still available. Not resolved yet why the township paid $2 million for the courtesy busing for public school children yet private school non mandated courtesy busing are charged a $150 per child fee. Some schools sent home notes charging parents, but the charge is coming from the LSTA and not the school. The BOE has a fleet of 30 buses paid by tax payers that are empty at certain times but so far the private mandated busing can not use them.

17 comments:

  1. The cops did not help much with the traffic Cross street was a parking lot. Yesterday there was a cop sitting on the shoulder by Central ave so all cars used only one lane.

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    1. It was a lot better than the past few days, the 2 cops on cross were doing the best they could to move the cars that 'obstruct' traffic out of the way

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    2. How about the cop standing on James and Rt 9, just standing there with his hands crossed or the cop on Pine and Martin Luther on his cell phone. While it may be a big help to have cops a such intersections, it's worthless if they aren't doing anything...

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  2. The traffic situation is horrendous. Governor Christie has made the situation worse, not better. Who, by the way, picked the new bussing director? He was in camp in the mountains until the Friday before school began! Of course nothing is ready! He should be getting zero salary until every single child in Lakewood has bussing, as that is what he is supposed to be doing!!

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    1. The bill was first signed August 9th. It took about 2 weeks till the State gave clarity as to what can be done. He was not able to do anything until about August 22. He has to use the BOE software for now and they are not allowing him access to their computers. Only one person who used to work for the BOE can access it to do everything. It really needs access by at least 6 people. I'm sure there are issues but I'm not sure how many people could have done what he did in such a short time with his hands tied behind his back.

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  3. EnjOYment - sitting in the car all day driving the kids to school

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  4. The BOE actually purchased over 50 busses, some of them smaller size ones...
    The BOE has also lured many of the private vendors bus drivers to work for the BOE causing the private vendors to have a severe shortage of drivers available.
    The BOE has also caused another major problem by changing the start time to 8:15 instead of 8 as that disables the Private vendors from servicing the private boys schools after finishing with the Public Schools as was done in previous years.

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  5. There should be a class action lawsuit regarding the $150!!
    I hope the APP and other press pick up on this, and the money returned to the struggling families and some people lose their job

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  6. The bus companies are not picking up any more runs because they don't have anyone to drive the buses. We need more people from our community to get trained and get to work!

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  7. The BOE wasted hard earned tax money with the purchase of these buses. They spent triple the cost it's only fair the taxpayers get to use them when they sit around collecting dust. We need Michael I. to bring it up again.

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    1. Triple?? Stop making us stories.

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    2. IM sorry quadruple

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  8. Why would Bais Rivka Rochel get a run that had 45 children split into two runs of 20+ children when many schools and children don't have bussing?

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  9. Sorry they need a bigger staff till things get settled down, there are many mistakes being made with the current routes and no one home. Stop telling people to wait a few weeks for stuff to settle down, get a few more staff members to fix the uaaues with the routes that have already been issued. Children that should already be routed are stuck in traffic due to Lsta screw ups.

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  10. How about give the money for every child eligible directly to the school and the schools should figure out the busing themselves, either by subbing out to private companies or financing them.

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  11. @3:52 your not following, read above that LSTA doesn't have access to the routing... they are reliant on the BOE to do that for them... What exactly are the screw ups?? Find out the details before going off the handle

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  12. The blog posters don't care about details or facts. They just love to complain.

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