Lindenhurst Public Schools takes action to make more students eligible to ride the bus
Lindenhurst Public Schools is taking action after backlash over changes that left some students without bus service to school.
Some students always had a bus to take them to school for several years, but many of them were designated as walkers this year.
The district recently recalculated mileage and told parents that some students would not be allowed on a bus. School administrators say the changes were made after they were audited.
The audit revealed children who live too close to school were taking the bus and had to make changes this year or the district could lose state funding if they continued busing kids who are not eligible.
Superintendent Anthony Davidson says they have moved the end points of the middle school and high school to one single end point at the main entrance door.
This will also more students to be eligible for bus rides to school.
Some students say it may not be a far walk to school, but it could be a dangerous one.
"You have to cross the highway," says Andrew Orlando, an 11th grader at Lindenhurst High School. "I hope they get more people on buses. I always liked the bus, it's just this year it's gone."
The board and policy board committee could also change how the mileage is calculated. They still have to see how much it would cost to increase busing and hire bus drivers. Their bus company would also need to map out the new routes and notify the families that would be impacted.
Since the board's vote Wednesday night, parents will soon be told about expanded eligibility through email, the parent portal and letters. If they are denied, they can appeal the decision.