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Dual busing is the price for one middle, high school

Friday, January 18, 2013

An article in Wednesday's News-Post (conveniently) paints a lovely picture of single busing and all the great savings to be had.

The dual busing system is the price to be paid for the lack of a second high school and middle school. Every bordering county has more than one high school and middle school. Why? Because its makes sense. The overcrowding in Franklin County schools is a tremendous disservice to the kids, but who speaks for them? Not every government issue can be so simply decided by what costs less.

With the schedule quoted in the paper, elementary students would arrive at 7:30 a.m., so that means they'll get on a bus around 6:30 a.m. and stay at school until 4 p.m. and then home around 5 p.m. So with breakfast and getting dressed, those kids are looking at a 12-hour day. That is absurd! 

By the way, what will it cost to monitor those kids until 4 p.m.? Our 11th grader currently gets on the bus around 7 a.m. Can you tell what time she'll need to get on the bus next year?

My suggestion to the school board is to go back to the drawing board because this proposal is a failure.


Garry N. Spencer


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