At the Crestwood School Board’s October 17th meeting, parents from the
Maplewood development, off Route 309, demanded answers about bus
route changes after many years. The matter was mentioned at the
meeting, chaired by President Eric Aigeldinger, as introduced by Superintendent
David McLaughlin-Smith, “I did receive a number of
phone calls, letters, emails and registered mail concerning a bus stop in
the district. That will be addressed in the solicitor’s report.”
Solicitor John Dean advised that a
number of inquires were received about bus stops. He indicated that the bus contractor remains the same, but a
share holder of the bus line has now taken over. The new share holder is affiliated
with the Martz Trailways of Wilkes-Barre. He noted that the
assessment of routes for safety and
the processing of requests for changes is an ongoing matter for the district.
“We have also discovered several busses going down cul-de-sacs which is
against PennDOT regs for safety as well as board policy…In compliance with those PennDOT regs we have pulled
a bus out of a cul-de-sac,” Dean explained. Specifically, he cited that the
bus driver was forced to performa K-turn which is inconsistent withPennDOT guidelines.
This assertion was quicklycountered by Maplewood residentand parent Anna M. Filipek, whoresponded, “I assume you arereferring to our bus stop. The busnever goes down a cul-de-sac. PennDOT recommends againsta K-turn: it is not illegal; it is notimpossible – it has been done safelyfor 20 years.”
She added that the children enterthe bus prior to the bus makingthe K-turn, so children are safethroughout the maneuver.
Citing recent accidents on thatstretch of the busy Route 309, Filipekreminded of the car versus tractortrailer accident that resulted in a roadclosure, another accident that tippedover an SUV in that vicinity and anincident when a DUI driver crosseda neighboring yard and wiped out thedevelopment’s stop sign, right wherethe new bus stop is mandated.
She stated, “There are 18 childrenfrom kindergarten through 6th gradegetting on and off the bus and youwant to move the bus stop from the
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