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Pat-Med Busing Extends to Nov. 5 For Families Disputing Mileage

Affected families will receive a temporary bus pass for their student, announces Patchogue-Medford School District.

Parents that are currently disputing whether or not their student is eligible to ride a school bus in the Patchogue-Medford School District are receiving a few extra weeks for their child to continue riding.

The Patchogue-Medford School District recently announced on their website that the stay originally expected to expire on Oct. 5 is being extended to Nov. 5 for parents that have contacted the district on this issue. Those families will be receiving a 30-day temporary bus pass for their student.

The announcement, which is also posted in the PDF section of this post, also states that the final determination on the mileage limits will be made before the Nov. 5 cutoff.

As previously reported, some parents found out late in the summer that their children would not receive busing to school for the new academic year despite receiving it in the past.

Superintendent Michael Locantore said at a recent assembly that no school policies have changed, but that the school district's new routing computer found that families that were not eligible for transportation had been previously receiving it. Locantore said that the boundaries, which were set many years ago, are half a mile for grades K-5, one mile for grades 6-8, and a mile and a half for grades 9-12.

Locantore issued a 30-day stay through Oct. 5 for any student, that is now extended to Nov. 5 for those that receive the bus pass.

What are your thoughts on the extension? Talk about it in the comments below.

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jewels October 09, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Many years ago when the boundaries were set it was a time when it was some what safer for children to walk to school. Today that is no longer true. It is also very difficult for parents to drive their kids to school because we are selves must get to work. Where as years ago it may have been easier because many mothers could be stay at home moms having the flexability to walk and or drive kids to school. Its clear the policy needs to be updated.
sheila October 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
To add further insult to injury, the transportation dept. has again dropped the ball on this issue. While those of us disputing the bus cuts were supposed to receive bus passes, only half of us did. I walked outside with my daughter this a.m only to find out that our bus stop has once again been cut. Now even though they have extended the period of temporary bussing, they have changed the bus stop to several blocks away & again they have made this made this major change with NO NOTIFICATION!! When is the school board going to start using their heads on this issue? Each step they take is done without any thought for the children or parents of the district. I had to call the transportation dept 10mins before the bus was scheduled to arrive to see if they were coming or not, it's rediculous! On top of this major foul up, the exact point at each school that the distance is determined from to each house has still not been laid out in black & white. How can they determine who is/is not far enough away when it's unclear where they are measuring from? To say that this issue is frustration is an understatement! The board & transportation dept. need to get their acts together because at this point they all look incompetent.
Elsie October 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Many years ago my children, who had received bus service, were denied it because the some construction to the building entrance way had cut their walking distances by several inches. Fortunately the superintendent at the stepped in and overruled the transportation department when we threatened to appeal it.
Kelly S October 12, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Forget calling transportation - you need to call Locantore directly - his phone # is on the pmschools.org website - the more noise you make the more of a response youll get!
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