John Prince wrote something in his blog today that warrants reading. See here.
It was about a conversation that he had with someone about the school busing issue and the two Public School Trustees that got in by acclimation. See his other blog from a parent's view point.
Three very interesting articles for sure.
I want to talk about is school busing as well. Only in a little different sense.
Many of you already know where I stand on this school busing issue. I think the decision by the school board to change the busing was, plain and simply, crap!!! It affects so many of us and our children, in this unique community. As I stated before, for those who don't know, making our children walk to school, in well below freezing temperatures, across railroads tracks, and a major highway, is bordering on ludicrous. I have been very vocal about this. See here.
Unfortunately the damage has been done and as time, and winter wears on, we will really see the affects that it will have on our families.
However, that thing that makes me the most frustrated of all, and has me seeing crazy, is what I happened to hear on Thursday afternoon, of this week.
On Thursday afternoon I was made aware of a situation going on here in the Crowsnest Pass. I think that everyone needs to be made aware of it. It can only fuel the argument that the decision the school board made, was not well thought out, ridiculous, otherwise stupid, and needs to be rethought.
I hope that the two new School Board Trustees can check into it and work on getting this whole busing situation fixed. It should be a high priority for them.
Anyway, as I was saying, I was made aware of an interesting situation facing a young mom living in Coleman, in bushtown. She wishes to remain nameless, for reasons I understand. Anyway, this young mom has three children attending school. Two attend ISS (in Blairmore) and a younger one attends HAS (Coleman). Her younger one has to walk to school, or be driven by her mother. The older two, get a ride to Blairmore every day.
Now what is so ridiculous about this?? Well, she sees the older two onto the bus, gets in her car, drives to Horace Allen to drop the younger one off, just in enough time to see the very same bus, stop at Horace Allen, before it leaves to go to Blairmore. Her two older children wave to their mother, as the younger one gets out of the car and is dropped off, for school.
What kind of sense does this make!??!?!?!
Why can't the same bus just pick up all three and drop the younger one off at Horace Allen?? It is going there anyway!!
But no, it can't because the school board says so. The school board says that because her youngest child lives within the 2.4 km, they have to walk. Or be driven, as this conscience young mom would never have her child walk from bushtown to Horace Allen School.
Pardon me for being blunt but, "who the hell made up this stupid rule"??
And what is going to be done about it!?!?!?
To add insult to injury, the buses are just as full as they always were, some are actually fuller. Also, I've heard that they need just as many of the buses to carry all the children around, as they had before. I thought this new busing policy was to make cut backs??
One word: crazy!!!
As an aside, my son and his fiancee live in the west end community, RiverView Village, in Coleman. They bought a place there. They plan to start a family soon after their wedding next summer. They also plan on staying here in the Crowsnest Pass, and raising their children here. They too, live within the 2.4 km to Horace Allen School. Anyone familiar with the road from the upper west end of Coleman to HAS school, knows that it is all winding highway, no sidewalks and a big drop off on the south side of the road.
So just how are the kindergarten to grade 3 children supposed to get to school?? We are talking children, potentially ages 4 to 9, walking either on a major highway or going down into lower west end Coleman, walking east until the underpass, and going back uphill, even in winter conditions, to get to school.
I would be highly p*ssed off, if I was a parent who had children who had to make that walk!!
In fact, I am going to be a grandparent of children who have to make that walk. You can believe I will be fighting for change!!!