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As covered in this week’s Herald (see story here), parents of private school students met on Feb. 27 to sign a petition in opposition of the district’s proposed plan to provide public transportation instead of a yellow bus to the three additional schools.

One of their main concerns is the safety of the students using public transportation, especially when waiting on busy or quiet roads for the next bus to come. Heidenreich said the district has never had any safety issues with this program and when he spoke to the MTA safety officer and representatives from the Nassau County Police Department last year, they assured him public transportation is safe. However, much like the district did with the status of its building safety in January, Heidenreich suggested speaking to safety professionals on this matter.

Board members told those in the audience to come to the district’s PTA Legislative Breakfast on March 16 where local elected officials can answer questions and hear their concerns about district’s state aid.

On Tuesday, residents will have a chance to express their opinions before the board ultimately adopts its 2013-14 budget. Voters will have the final say when they hit the polls on May 21.


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I confirmed with the district that not only does this potentially affect those children attending the High Schools listed above, but also 7th and 8th grade students attending area parochial schools. To ask a 12-year old to ride a public bus is irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

Monday, March 11, 2013 | Report this

Since the decision was made to cut private school busing in this fashion, the County lost its lawsuit to have school districts pay for tax assessment errors. Certainly the VSCHSD had budgeted funds to cover this potential payment prior to the court's decision. That would mena that there is now additional money in the proposed budget that is not spoken for. Shouldn't the district use $120,000 and restore the cut to transportation. In addition how about restoring last years cuts to St. Anne's transportation.

Finally, if we can assume that 30 students do not attend the private schools due to this transportation cut and then return to VS schools, the district will have to hire one additional teacher at close to $70,000 plus benefits totaling another $25,000. For the difference of $25,000 ($120-(70+25)), the district can restore transportation to this group. They can't find $25,000 in a budget of over $100 million? Remarkable!

Monday, March 11, 2013 | Report this

This is ridiculous. The parents of the students attending private school are saving the district a ton of money. And now they are trying to cut their transportation?!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | Report this

FYI...............facebook thread...pays to do some research before making cuts and affecting families!!!! Lori Hunt-Lang

Malverne owns their own buses for private school kids. They invested in it after they tried to cut it 2 years ago. It actually now saves them money. Plus we also use it for our school field trips instead of using an outside agency now.

someone should tell VS...

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Anna Gennusa Sullivan The buses that Malverne purchased are used for both public and private school purposes. But, yes, they saved the district more than what the proposed cuts would have been. VS should be consulting with surrounding districts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Report this
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