Lindenhurst superintendent proposes possible solution to bus eligibility confusion
After being left to scramble for school transportation for their kids, parents in Lindenhurst had the opportunity to talk to officials about the ongoing issue at a public meeting on Wednesday.
The superintendent of schools, Anthony Davidson, proposed a possible solution to the problem during the meeting.
As News 12 has reported, parents were angry and confused after finding out their children are not eligible for bus transportation this school year - despite having a bus for years.
It all stems from changes to the bus eligibility. The district says they recently recalculated mileage and informed parents some student would not be allowed on the bus.
According to the school district, the changes were made after they were audited. The audit revealed children who live too close to school were taking the bus.
Davidson claims the district could potentially lose state funding if they are busing kids who are not eligible.
At the meeting, Davidson told parents that the board and the board policy committee could change how the mileage is calculated.
"Most notably changes include moving the end points of the middle school and high school to one single end point at the main entrance door," Davidson says. "If approved, this change will return bus eligibility to a large percentage of students."
The superintendent says in order to move forward with the plan, the board would have to look at how much more it would cost for the increase busing; their bus company would need to figure out the routes, the families impacted would need to be notified and more bus drivers would possibly need to be hired.
The superintendent says in order to move forward, the Board would have to look at how much more it would cost for the increased busing, their bus company would need time to figure out the routes, the families impacted would need to be notified and if need be, more bus drivers would have to be hired.
If the policy moves forward, families will be told about eligibility no later than Oct. 13 via email, parents' portal or letters.