Cherry Hill To List School Busing

Posted: July 21, 1987

Cherry Hill School Superintendent Philip Esbrandt said last night that the district would know in a few weeks exactly how many non-public school children it would be busing in the coming school year.

Speaking at a board meeting, Esbrandt said the board was required by state law to notify non-public school students about transportation services by Aug. 1. The board, he said, will receive bids for all school bus routes today.

Non-public school busing in Cherry Hill became an issue last spring when leaflets were distributed declaring that the board was planning to end busing services. The board has denied the allegations.

Esbrandt, however, said that service for non-public school students had declined over the years as their numbers diminished. He said routes had been discontinued whenever the expense exceeded state-determined standards for cost-per-pupil.

In other action last night, the board formalized the decision it made last week against equipping school buses with seat belts until additional safety studies had been completed.

But Jill Mulford and Mindy Rosen, co-chairmen of the Cherry Hill PTA Zone Legislative Committee, criticized the decision, saying there was substantial evidence to show that seat belts would prevent injuries.

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