Hazardous Busing Debate Continues, Council Approves Costs
Councilman Matthew Moench is the lone vote against the township paying.
Although the council approved the payment, discussion continued about whether the township or the school district should be paying for hazardous busing in the future.
The township and school district have an agreement wherein the township pays for hazardous busing.
Hazardous busing stems off of courtesy busing provided for students who live within a certain distance from an elementary, middle or high school. The state requires that every child who lives more than a mile-and-half from an elementary school, or two miles from a high school, be bused.
Hazardous busing is provided for those students who would not normally be bused, but who deal with some kind of hazard on the way to school, such as crossing a highway or walking across gaps in the sidewalk.
The agreement was made because the issue of hazardous busing deals with issues that are not controlled by the school district, including road conditions.
Township attorney William Savo said the township paying for hazardous busing is not required by state statute, but that it is cheaper than other options.
“There is liability, we’d have to provide sidewalks and crossing guards,” he said. “This is certainly cheaper.”
The council approved the payment of $276,381.70 for hazardous busing for the 2012-2013 school year.
Councilman Matthew Moench was the lone vote against the resolution, as he has been over the past few years. But, he said, it is not about having hazardous busing, it is just that he believes the school district should pay for it, not the township.
“It is not like if we don’t pay, kids have to cross five lanes of traffic,” he said. “The school district could provide it.”
“For the record, I am not against hazardous busing, I am against the township paying for it,” he added. “I think the costs should be born by the district.”
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