September 4, 1991 |
For decades, summertime brought a major headache to school officials around the country. While students were on vacation, administrators engaged in a tedious process that lasted most of every summer: manually planning the routes that would bus children to and from classes every day. Mostly, they juggled piles of dogeared index cards and marked routes by stretching yards of yarn from pin to pin on pockmarked maps - always hoping everything would...
February 24, 1998 |
By the end of the school year last June, the 74 buses in Lenape Regional High School District's fleet had traveled about 1.5 million miles. And unbeknownst to the district, said Christopher D'Arcy, Lenape's transportation director, every single one of those miles was in violation of state regulations. The district's buses are the right color - National School Bus Yellow - but the familiar red-and-gray lettering, Lenape Regional High School District, that has been on every school bus since the district was founded in 1958, violates state rules.
June 26, 1994 |
Twice a day during the school year, Betty Luff makes certain the windows and doors of her Newtown Park condominium are shut tight. If they're not, the dust and diesel fumes from the convoy of school buses that pours out of the lot across the street fill her home. Luff's house is directly across the street from where 140 yellow school buses exit two times a day, once in the morning to take students to schools in the Council Rock District and once in the afternoon to take them home.
December 16, 1997 |
Public-school students might face staggered schedules and longer rides on school buses under a plan the Whitman administration unveiled yesterday intended to keep school transportation costs down. Noting that New Jersey has one of the most inefficient school transportation systems in the nation, Education Commissioner Leo Klagholz said his plan targeted districts that filled their school buses to only 64 percent of capacity. Such districts will have to submit a plan of action to the state for the 1998-99 school year outlining how they would become more efficient in transporting students to school.
May 11, 1993 |
In recent years, car makers, with more than a little nudge from government, have been working to make cars safer, installing features such as anti-lock brakes and air bags on everything from Corvettes to Cadillacs. And a car can't just be equipped with seat belts anymore. Forty-two states require people to wear them. But there is one particular group of people that largely does not have to be buckled up when riding in one particular type of vehicle - children on school buses.
April 7, 2000 |
With some school buses filled to only one-fifth of capacity, the school board is considering eliminating busing for high-school students next year. Superintendent David Archibald said at a board work session Wednesday night that the move could save the district about $350,000 of the $1.5 million it spends on busing annually. The proposal is scheduled for a vote May 9 as part of the preliminary budget. Only 81 students, or about 15 percent, of the 521 at Lower Moreland High School ride morning buses, while 69 ride in the afternoon and 46 take the 3:45 p.m. late bus. The district also transports 382 students to 37 nonpublic schools.
August 28, 1995 |
Three months ago, the township Board of Supervisors told the Central Bucks School District it could not use the old Eastern RotorCraft site on Route 313 as an operations center and depot for the district's bus fleet. But shortly after dawn on Saturday, more than 90 yellow school buses drove into the lot and parked in neat rows at the site anyway. "We will be issuing a cease and desist order," said township board President John Carson this weekend. The township will have a special meeting to discuss the issue tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the township building on Wells Road.
March 18, 1986 |
LOOKING DECIDEDLY GLUM, a young student gazes out a school bus window as he rides past City Hall. School buses are not affected by the SEPTA strike, but many students who normally ride public transportation had to find alternate ways of getting to and from schools yesterday.
September 1, 1998 |
After a summer of strapping children into seat belts between visits to the beach, the zoo and day camp, parents may soon be watching them bounce around in big, yellow school buses without restraints and wondering why those buses don't have belt protection. A growing number of European students are being buckled on their school buses, but it seems unlikely that most American children will follow anytime soon. And that's because of a continuing national debate over whether seat belts offer enough added safety to justify the cost of installing them in 440,000 public-school buses.
April 17, 1986 |
Contrary to the wishes of a parent group, the Great Valley school board has voted against installing seat belts on school buses. In a report presented Monday night, board member R. Christopher Klemm, who chaired a special transportation safety subcommittee, said that while bus travel "does involve some risk," a federal report last year called school buses "the safest form of surface transportation. " Klemm recommended against seat belts "because of the lack of proven benefits, the status of the district's contracted bus arrangement and the liability issues involved.