The East Penn School District on Monday updated its decision regarding the controversial issue of
"The East Penn School District has postponed eliminating busing
for certain students attending Willow Lane Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year," East Penn's Community Liaison Nicole Bloise said in a release.
The elimination of the service, which was estimated to save the district $60,000, will be treated "as an unanticipated expense that will be managed throughout the school year," Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger said.
Students who live in Brandywine Village II will be the only students who will walk to school this school year, Bloise said, because the housing development abuts the school yard. Students who live there don't have to cross any busy streets to get to school, Bloise said.
An informational meeting for parents of students who live in Brandywine Village II is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the school, she said.
Next school year -- 2013-2014 -- Bloise said busing will be eliminated for students who live in four nearby developments:
- Beaumont at Brookside
- Brandywine Village I
- Brookside Farms
An informational meeting for parents of students living in these developments will be scheduled for October, she said.
Additionally, there are some students who will continue to be bused and for whom there is currently no plan to transition to walking status. This includes students who live in
- The Fairways at Brookside
- Brookside Estates
- Bridal Path West
- Penn's Meadow
PDFs containing traffic patterns and walking paths are located on the district website.