October 11, 1995 |
For Kay Henry, the second school bus was the last straw. When the first yellow bus was parked next to her neighbor Robert Bongiovanni's house on St. Michael's Court in October 1992, she didn't like it one bit. But when Henry checked with Northampton Township officials, she learned that Bongiovanni was not violating any law, so she and her neighbors dropped the matter. When the second bus appeared in May, however, the residents of the tidy neighborhood vowed they would fight back.
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.
May 14, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania school districts may be spending millions too much on busing, the state auditor general said Tuesday. Examinations by his office found 19 school districts in 11 counties paid a total of $54.8 million more for transportation during select periods between 2004 and 2014 than what the state determined was the maximum amount it would consider for the calculation of reimbursements, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. Only one of those districts had competitively bid transportation services during the audit periods, according to DePasquale.
November 24, 2010 |
SWAT teams and K-9 units descended on a Gloucester County public school Tuesday afternoon in search of a bank robber officials believed might be inside. Around 1 p.m., a Parkview Elementary teacher reported seeing a man who fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery try to enter a locked maintenance door, said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton during a news conference. As police helicopters hovered, heavily armed officers set up a perimeter at the Westville school and evacuated roughly 300 prekindergarten through sixth-grade students to a nearby church.