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Sunday, December 21, 2014
More opposition to bus changes
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There are numerous sex offenders that reside on the routes my children would have to take to school. It only takes one incident to occur before people start to take legal action. Do you want to be the person on the board who voted to have these children exposed to these offenders if something happens? How much is the safety of a child worth? I hope more than $120,000.

Secondly, Hempstead Turnpike has been declared one of the most dangerous streets to cross in America. It only takes one accident, of a child getting hit by the car while trying to make their bus. Do you want to be the board member who voted for that child to receive that MetroCard so they could go to school? How much is the safety of a child worth? I hope more than $120,000.

Finally, according to the transportation handbook, the district is to guarantee a person at every transfer stop to assure a safe transfer. Will there be someone there for my child when they are transferring from one bus to another (at each of their three transfers) or will that be forgotten too? My question is, Where is that money coming from? Will it be less than $120,000 plus the cost of the MetroCard?

I understand that it is my choice to send my child to Catholic school, however the key word is choice. If you put my child’s safety at risk, you are indirectly taking away my freedom of choice. I recognize that you have to look at the big picture, but keep in mind the bigger picture. Do you want it on your conscience that you were the member who voted this in if something should happen to any child from Valley Stream? That decision will stay with you for the rest of your life. Remember, it only takes one incident.

Monica Ferrall
Valley Stream

To the Editor:

The idea that the Central High School District is thinking of changing bus transportation for those children attending parochial school in the district is the most ludicrous and lame idea to be put forth by the district. If they do this, then all families who have their children enrolled in parochial school should be exempt from their school taxes. They are not using the resources from the schools, by their own choice, and the only thing they do get for their taxes is the bus ride for their children. 

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