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Stolz’s Willow Lane Motion on School Board Agenda Tonight

East Penn School Director Julian Stolz proposed a motion at the Jan. 14 school board meeting that the district continue to fund buses for those Willow Lane Elementary School students now bused to school in the proposed 2013-2014 budget.

The controversy over who will and will not be bused to Willow Lane Elementary School in the fall continues to drive the agenda of the East Penn Board of School Directors.

Tonight, the board will vote on a motion proposed by Director Julian Stolz at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting. If passed, the measure would direct the administration to continue to fund transportation for those Willow Lane students currently being bused to and from school in preparing the 2013-2014 school budget.

Stolz has been a vocal proponent of maintaining district-provided transportation at Willow Lane at past school board meetings, stating that he puts the safety of the students first and foremost, above whatever cost savings East Penn School District might see from cutting busing to Willow Lane.

The East Penn Board of School Directors meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the District Administration Building. A copy of tonight’s agenda can be found on the East Penn School District Web site.

ted.dobracki February 01, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Unlikely to make-up. Agenda was fairly light with nothing too urgent that couldn't wait until Feb 11. Many PA school boards meet only once a month. Who knows? With internet websites, they could easily post slides and charts. But I'm presently reading a book called "How PowerPoint Makes You Stupid". Sometimes the words and explanations mean more than the bullet points and graphs, so it might not be really presentable and it might be necessary for the presenter to control the information a little, even without having any real ulterior motive.
Ethan February 02, 2013 at 02:50 PM
No elementary school student ANYWHERE should have to walk 1.5 miles to school. It's lunacy, period. It's inherently unsafe no matter the circumstances or sidewalk or road conditions. Any parent willing to let their kindergarten kids make that trek unsupervised, is being neglectful and by allowing the school to eliminate busing we are condoning that neglect. The cost of busing is nothing compared to the overall budget.
taxed-enough February 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Ethan, you are correct about the lunacy. You are absolutely correct that 1.5 miles to walk to school is too far for a kindergarten student at ANY of our elementary schools.
Matt L. February 02, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I haven't heard anyone advocate for Kindergarteners walking to school alone 1.5 miles. Have you? Everyone knows most parents will drive kids to school. Those close will hopefully walk their kids supervised or organize parent groups to supervise but many will drive. Do you know the combined savings of non-busing Willow, Alburtis, Lincoln AND Jefferson? It's not a "small number". The district should move forward with exploration for the Macungie schools, Wescosville and LowerMac as 'walking' schools as well. The combined savings would be close to a million dollars I'm guessing. Busing is not a right. For those in close radius how is this different then kids having to walk to a bus stop. Right now a school district can require students to walk to a bus stop up to 1.5 miles away. Thats where the 1.5 mile to walk/drive directly to school came from. Sorry to inconvenience some suburbanites but parents in the boroughs have been dealing with this for a long time. Somehow they manage. As a taxpayer I'm not ok with paying for your convenience.
optimist February 02, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Matt word is Wescosville is not a candiate to get transporation cut inside of 1.5 miles because Brookside Rd. has no sidewalks. Apprently this forces the district by law to provide busses to most of those kids.

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