To the Editor:
I am a parent of a child who will be affected if yellow buses are cut from the Valley Stream Central High School District budget. My daughter will be attending Sacred Heart Academy in the fall, and my main concern is her safety as well as that of the other children from Sacred Heart and the other private schools who will be affected.
Although the district will give the students MetroCards, they are not considering the impact it will have on the individual student.
The bus stops are not local. I would have to drive my daughter to a bus stop, hope the bus is on schedule and give her ample time to arrive at school on time. Her school day would be extended two to three hours, and this is not including if she needs to arrive earlier and stay after for a school activity. In inclement weather, when the buses run off schedule, this would cause her to be late.
I am aware this could become a debate between public-school families and Catholic-school families, and that should not be a result of this. The high school district could not eliminate any necessary academic programs. If the concern of the district is to maintain certain extracurricular activities and certain sports programs for the public-school students in lieu of a child’s safety, that is an issue above and beyond a school budget. I would then question the integrity of the person or people who have made this proposal.
We all pay school taxes. Our children, public school or private/Catholic school educated, are our main concern when it comes to their academic, social and spiritual growth. The school district should not compromise that growth because of greed.
I invite all Valley Stream residents to the school board meeting taking place on March 12 to voice their concerns regarding this issue.
Anna M. Zumbach
To the Editor:
My children go to Catholic school. I am very upset about the possibility of the district cutting yellow bus transportation to non-public-school students. I really wonder how much money a child’s safety is worth.