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Following outcry, Lodi Unified School District scraps plans for bus fees

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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 1:41 pm | Updated: 5:58 am, Mon Jul 19, 2010.

Parents will not have to pay for their children to take buses to Lodi school after all. The decision was made after only one pass had been purchased as of Friday morning, and that person will receive a full refund.

"I'm glad that they're rethinking it," said Lockeford mother of three Dawn Carvalho.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:21 pm on Thu, Jul 22, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I think that the problem was the suddenness of the announcement. If so, what is stopping this issue from moving forward? Now is the time to review and analyze so that whatever fees are announced can be soon enough so people can plan for it.

  • roy bitz posted at 11:44 am on Mon, Jul 19, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    It is good that the cost of school bus service has surfaced and an effort was made to recover the cost of providing this FREE CONVENIENCE. Unfortunately, it appears the effort failed---the district caved in--- and tax payers must continue paying for this free convenience for those families who choose to live outside the city limits.
    The hub system seems to be a good good compromise. Hopefully the district will not be forced to continue door to door service.
    In my view, everyone should pay for goods and services they get----but that's just me.

  • devene page-baca posted at 1:59 am on Mon, Jul 19, 2010.

    Devene Page-Baca Posts: 2

    As a parent and tax payer of a student I tend to agree with Bob. The only problem I had with this proposal was that the notice was, very short. My husband and I are responsible for our child, no one owes us a thing. We would have come up with the money. Money is tight now days and they should use the money for education, certified teachers for one thing, music and sports as well. A well rounded child will succeed much better than a child educated in only the basics. Parents who continue to have children when they need public assistance to care for the ones they already have should wake up, the gravy train called welfare is coming to an end,thank goodness.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 5:33 pm on Sun, Jul 18, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Please, give me a break. Parents, you chose to have children. Please take care of your responsibilities and ensure your children get to school. So you have two jobs. That's your choice, just like having children. If you need two jobs to support your kids, don't have so many kids. What? That's your choice? Good ! My choice is to have you pay your own way. Why should the rest of the taxpayers be responsible for your children? If you don't like the location of the bus stop, don't drop them off there. Take them to school yourself. What the heck does the rest of the population owe you? Pay your own way. Do you think school is a welfare issue? Get a life. Why is it that everyone thinks they are owed something? You are owed nothing !

  • Ann Smith posted at 8:34 am on Sun, Jul 18, 2010.

    Ann Smith Posts: 23

    I disagree with this decision. Instead of firing teachers we should be cutting back the bus staff. Obviously if only 1 person bought a ticket all the other parents had plans to get their kids to school. The kids can walk or ride their bikes or their parents can drive them. If this helps saves teachers and programs we should all be for it.
    As for gas waste, we have the short buses which use less gas. Dont use the big buses unless their are enough paid riders for the big buses. The savings in gas and bus drivers salaries should help the school districts.
    For those who did pay there should not be a change to their pick up location.

  • Alice Dodson posted at 8:07 am on Sat, Jul 17, 2010.

    Alice Dodson Posts: 20

    Yeah, back to free rides for everyone but the tax payers.

  • Ben Delph posted at 7:57 am on Sat, Jul 17, 2010.

    Ben Delph Posts: 1

    One person paid to ride the bus? Obviously, we no longer need to provide this service. When families were asked to pay to ride, all were able to make other arrangements.

  • gina contreras posted at 7:52 am on Sat, Jul 17, 2010.

    Gina Contreras Posts: 1

    So our "HUB System" is Flag City..... Who really wants to have thier kids dropped off and picked up at Flag City.....A high traffic truck stop? Is there going to be anyone there to make sure the kids that have to wait for thier rides make it safely? My kids have a better chance to walk the mile or so on the busy road to school itself than chance it all the way out to flag city, if parents have the time to wait it out to pick the kids up at flag city or tower park they might aswell have the time to pick up the kids from school and not risk thier safety. Those of us who have to work have to work out other options for thier children. I would have paid the money to keep the bus stops as they were closer to the homes, but not to drop them off at flag city.



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