Campbell: Bus-ride changes overwhelming faculty, staff
MANDATA - Line Mountain Superintendent Dave Campbell asked the school board to revise a common district practice of accommodating parents who switch their students' bus schedule on any given day.
The amount of changes is overwhelming administration, teachers and secretaries.
"I wouldn't be having this discussion if it wasn't bad," he said to the school board members Tuesday night during the regular meeting. "A change has to be made."
Campbell said there were 48 changes on Sept. 25, 76 on Friday, 39 on Monday and 37 on Tuesday, and many of them occurred in the afternoon.
It's becoming a safety and liability issue, he said.
Director Lamont Masser said the school district should not be a "taxi service."
"I would cut back as far as we can. We're responsible for them here. Why should we stress our teachers and staff?" he said.
All it takes is sending one child to the wrong place at the wrong time, and the district would be in trouble, he said.
"We cannot accommodate every request," Director Lawrence Neidig said.
Director Lauren Hackenburg said the attitude of helping parents with their transportation needs is a "nice thing" she doesn't want to see go away.
"We need a compromise here, but I'm not in favor of nothing," she said.
Campbell said the current practice goes against the transportation policy, and if the school board members wish to continue with the current practice, then he requested the policy be changed.
Otherwise, he suggested the district only allow bus switching for residency changes, permanent sitter changes and emergencies, or allow changes with a deadline.
The board did not make any final decisions Tuesday, and will likely have an action item on the agenda at the next meeting Oct. 22.
In other business, the board approved:
- Thirteen change orders to the electrical and HVAC portion of district's construction project that total $34,151.
- A three-year contract with Wagner, Dreese, Elasser and Associates, P.C., certified public accountants of Selinsgrove, as financial auditors at a fee of $15,000 each school year.