POTTSTOWN PA – The Pottsgrove School District may consider hiring a transportation consultant to address bus scheduling problems raised by parents of its students who attend private schools, according to some of those who were in the audience during a Thursday night (Sept. 19, 2013) Board of School Directors’ Transportation Committee meeting.
A Post story published Friday (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m. significantly updates this earlier version. We encourage you to read it, here.
Superintendent Shellie Feola reportedly suggested hiring the consultant, which must be approved by the full board. No specifics were immediately available. The Post did not have a reporter at the meeting.
The district this year began using a system that transports private and parochial school bus riders from morning pick-up locations to a central staging area at Pottsgrove Middle School. From there they transfer to secondary buses for travel to their destination schools. The process is reversed in the afternoon. Other neighboring school districts use similar plans; Pottsgrove had not in previous years.
Parents have complained their children are rising and, in some cases, arriving at schools well before they open and returning home long after they are dismissed. Others claim students are arriving late, after school has started. Several parents showed up for the committee meeting; others said they wanted to attend but could not because Pottsgrove Middle School’s back-to-school night was earlier scheduled at the same time.
District Business Administrator David Nester, who is responsible for transportation, and a representative of Pottsgrove’s busing contractor, CMD Transportation, both were said to have given presentations during the meeting.
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