Sunday, November 6, 2016

DOE announces members to LSTA oversight committee

While thousands still wait for busing in Lakewood, the NJ Dep of Education released the names of the five-member oversight committee to monitor the private busing consortium's fiscal operations. According to a report in the APP They are: "Barry A. Iann, the school board president; J. Michael Rush, a local NAACP leader, retired school superintendent and former state education official; Alfred Longo, a professor and a member of the Senior Action Group; Meir Kastan, a private school administrator, and Kimberly Shaw, the head of the local teachers' union". According to the report the committee's meetings would be open to the public. Read more at APP.com

16 comments:

  1. This is getting totally out of hand. Busing this many kids efficiently is no longer an option. The whole point of busing is to ensure the safety of our children . The new busing consortium was not made to ensure safety . It was made to reduce costs at all costs. The traffic did not improve as more buses were put on the road. I think it is time to admit the truth. We can no longer handle the busing of such a large amount of children to so many different schools dispersed throughout the town.

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  2. Even if all kids have bussing there will still be a traffic issue in lakewood as the infrastructure (Through streets, lights, sidewalks...) wasn't improved in tandem with the widespread building of duplexes and prior to that the multiple developments...

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  3. Yes.. HH right on the mark.. And even the kids that have busing are not getting what they're entitled to.. My kids are on the bus for well over an hour every morning, something that was not allowed when we had BOE busing... But I'm supposed to be thankful they have bussing despite the fact that we are eligible for mandated busing...

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    1. I want to tell you a little secret. The BOE made the routes this year. The LSTA was not given the software. So it would have been the same even with BOE bussing. I know its just geshmaker to be able to bash a heimishe yid.

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    2. The little secret us that when the heat is on you blame the BOE. The askanim took all the credit in the world for the busing they pulled off. Now that it's not turning out the way it was sold they point fingers.

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    3. The BOE did not make these routes that's an outright lie. BOE never clustered these stops and make kids wait at dangerous street corners.

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    4. It doesn't make a difference who made the route.. BOE bus regulations did not allow routes to exceed 45 minutes.. In past years when the BOE routes turned out to be longer than 45 minutes.. They changed it and split them to shorten the route...Now we're in a brave new better world where there are no regulations... Yay!

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  4. This Tuesday, election day, we must NOT vote for the BOE incumbents.

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  5. End all busing. Establish a carpool consortium. A chesed organization that will get our kids to school if they cannot arrange a way to share the responsibility with neighbors. Any schools that want to can create their own bus routes if they are needed. Busing is no longer a viable way of getting children to school. It is dangerous to leave a child on a bus without air conditioning or heat for over an hour,with no seat belts or adult supervision. It is an outdated system whose time has come.

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  6. It is time for cluster by neighborhood stops not by schools. Boo hoo the cheder kids will have to ride on the same bus as the orchos chaim kids.

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    1. Only problem with that is what happens when there's a bullying issue? No school wants to take achrayus.

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    2. There is no bullying in our community. Why would you say such a thing?

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  7. traffic will be a complete nightmare if everybody is carpooling

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    1. Carpooling picks up children at their homes and drops them off at home. Places that are not in the way of traffic. Carpools do not stop at train tracks causing a backup for blocks. Carpools do not stop at every corner and stop traffic in both directions.the impact of Carpooling is not as bad as the constant stop and go driving of hundreds of buses .

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    2. The buses make those stops for the safety of the children even though it is an inconvenience for traffic. There may not be parking spaces where all children live and they will have to cross the street, many unsafely. I can see the tragic headlines now.

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    3. Especially in ....... Where everyone's TOP priority is safety (& tznius of course)

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