November 17, 2011 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Thanksgiving will be just another day on the road for many school bus drivers in one South Jersey town. Lakewood in Ocean County is asking scores of drivers to work in order to transport about 18,000 Orthodox Jewish students to and from their private schools in the township. State law requires public school districts to pay for transportation to private-school students every Monday through Friday from September through June. In most places, private schools are closed on major holidays.
June 20, 2011
RE THE letter from David Brotnitsky that the school district or city can save money by cutting crossing guards at corners with lights: I'm the home and school president at FitzPatrick Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia, and I'm in front of my school every morning with two other volunteers to keep the area clear for the school buses. At Knights and Chalfont, there are two guards at the light, and if you sit there for just one morning, you can see that they need four because drivers speed and disobey traffic signals and each other.
May 8, 2011
Firefighters put out fires in three school buses at a Northeast Philadelphia parking lot Saturday night, officials said. It was the second fire there in a month, according to fire officials. The buses, in a depot on the 3800 block of Woodhaven near Academy, were in flames about 8 p.m., officials said. The fires were quickly put out and are under investigation, they said. On April 17, arson damagaed three district buses. - Mike Newall
April 18, 2011
A school bus parked in a lot at Academy and Byberry Roads in Northeast Philadelphia burned Sunday afternoon, and flames spread to other buses, fire officials said. Three buses in the Philadelphia School District lot were heavily damaged. As of late Sunday, fire officials said, the matter was still under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office and had not been declared arson. - Stephan Salisbury
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.
October 14, 2010
Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman promised parents Wednesday that her administration would immediately tackle widespread problems of erratic and late school buses. A mother from the Sankofa Freedom Academy charter school in Frankford told the School Reform Commission at its regular meeting about poor service provided by a district-contracted bus company. Ackerman directed the woman to call her office Monday if problems remained. Ackerman said she had heard similar transportation complaints from parents across the city at her first parents roundtable Tuesday night.
October 14, 2010 |
A mother who testified before the School Reform Commission yesterday said that she's fed up with the service provided by the bus company contracted to pick up her kids. Drivers are often late and sometimes don't show up at all, said Kennesha Bell, one of two people who spoke about the issue. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said that several parents at a meeting earlier this week also complained about their children's bus routes. She promised to intervene. "My office is now paying close attention to fixing these bus routes," she said to Bell, "because I heard this over and over and over again from parents - not only about your bus route, but other bus routes.
September 17, 2010 |
Got school bus? That could be the new refrain if a bill allowing New Jersey school districts to raise money by selling bus advertising moves successfully through the Legislature. The bipartisan measure, advanced Thursday by the Assembly Education Committee, would allow districts to sell ad space on the outside of buses they own or lease. The bill does not address bus service that has been outsourced, though committee members expressed interest in extending the measure to transportation contractors if the idea proves successful.
August 7, 2010 |
It was the block party of all block parties at the Philadelphia School District on Friday - a 10-hour event that drew thousands of people. Its purpose was to get students and their parents prepared for the Sept. 7 start of the school year. "We're trying to get everybody into the spirit of back to school and focus our energies on coming together as a family," Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said at the second annual event, at the district's Education Center on North Broad Street. More than 60 tables had informational packets and promotional items such as pens, pencils and tote bags from organizations that partner with and support the district, such as the Department of Behavioral Health, Salus University, Wachovia Bank, Mothers in Charge, NASA, and Ronald McDonald Dental Health Services.
June 8, 2010
Upper Merion police were investigating a report of a man seen exiting a home carrying a BB gun near the Caley Elementary School in King of Prussia, authorities said. The 1 p.m. sighting on Regimental Road prompted police to ask that pupils remain indoors as a precaution while officers conducted their investigation, according to a statement by spokesperson Kathryn Ashbridge posted on the Upper Merion Area School District's website. No BBs were fired, a police dispatcher in Upper Merion said.