This past week, several stories have focused more directly on the bus problems being experienced specifically at the Edison K8 School.
New school bus pickup times started for many routes last Monday morning, but BPS transportation failed to notify many families of the changes -- causing more than 200 children to miss their buses on Monday, because they arrived at their stops after the bus had already left.
UniversalHub, 10/25: "[Boston School Committee member Mary] Tamer said at a School Committee meeting tonight nobody had bothered to tell the students or the parents their scheduled pick-up times had been changed as the school department continues to struggle to get kids to school on time."
Boston Globe, 10/26: "District administrators have struggled unsuccessfully for just over a year to untangle transportation problems, and the School Committee now says transit woes have ballooned into a crisis that must be fixed.
“While it is completely inexcusable now, three weeks from now if there is not a full grasp and full movement toward resolution, then it’s beyond reason,’’ the Rev. Gregory Groover Sr., chairman of the School Committee, said in a telephone interview. “At this point, we see it as a systemic problem that needs to be addressed. It’s a crisis.’’
Boston Globe, 10/27: "The clock starts for School Bus 436 at 7:22 a.m. in East Boston at Border and Maverick streets and is supposed to end 37 minutes later at Thomas Edison K-8 School in Brighton, with six stops in between.
Yesterday, it did not make it on time.
The bus unloaded its 28 passengers at 8:46 a.m., 21 minutes after classes began.
Bus 436 is not alone in its tardiness."
Update, Boston Globe, 10/28: "Expressing frustration over the continued late arrival of Boston public school buses, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has ordered a top aide to monitor dispatchers and drivers and demanded a meeting with leaders of the private company that runs the buses.
The mayor’s acted as one in four buses are still arriving late - some delivering students to school nearly an hour after classes begin - even though the school year is nearly two months old."
Update, Boston Globe Editorial, 10/28, "Late buses, lost class time merits school dept. crackdown"
Update, Boston Globe, 10/31: "Angry that Boston Public School buses have been unable to get students to school on time, city parents flocked to a candidates’ forum last night to urge city council candidates to join them at bus stops to experience how disruptive the delays are for Boston families."
Update, Boston Globe, 11/6: "Boston school officials have added seven more buses to their working fleet and scheduled additional route changes for tomorrow morning as they continue their effort to reduce the number of children arriving late to class each day.
Nearly 15 percent of Boston school buses were late for school again Friday, a modest improvement from the prior week, when 19 percent of buses were late."
Reminder: If your child has a problem with his/her bus transportation, please contact BPS Transportation (617-635-9520) or Luciano Felix at the Edison (617-635-8436, x2128). Follow this link for additional information.