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Concierge School Bus Service

September 6, 2010

A few years ago, all the school-aged children gathered at the entrance to my neighborhood each morning to wait for the big yellow bus. The ones who lived farthest from the entrance had to walk 0.3 miles (about two blocks) to get there. The afternoon bus dropped them off at the entrance and the kids would walk home. The bus only had to make one stop in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Over the last two years, however, the large bus began navigating every narrow road in the neighborhood to pick up and drop off each child at his or her front door. At 7:00 AM every morning my best sleep is rudely interrupted by the continual honking of the bus’ horn as it waits (for up to ten minutes sometimes) for the one-and-only student on my tiny street of four houses to emerge and amble leisurely onto the bus. Then, the  bus gets to the cul-de-sac which is too small for the giant vehicle to make the turnaround. It has to back up and go forward four times with that irritating back-up beeper piercing my ears with each cycle. This, of course, is repeated at 4:00 in the afternoon, but by then I’m wide awake (though still pissed off from the morning run).

What irritates me as much as the intrusion into my personal life is what all this says about the condition of society today. The county is in a budget crisis so it’s laying off teachers right and left, while at the same time wasting a lot of fuel to provide concierge, door-to-door valet service to a bunch of lazy children who are already bordering on obesity from lack of exercise. It makes no sense at all. Furthermore, since when has it become the county’s responsibility to get the kids to and from a school that is only a few miles away? That obligation used to belong to the parents. And who pays for all of this? We all do through ever-increasing property taxes.

I never had children but I’m forced to pay for their education and their transportation. Is it too much to expect the parents to take some responsibility for their own spawn? Shouldn’t the education system value teachers over transportation? And is it asking too much to want to get an undisturbed full-night’s sleep?

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  1. September 8, 2010 11:21 AM

    I would bet that the district does not know about the unusual route that its bus is taking. You might want to call them about it.

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