Maplewood Parents Want School Bus Stop Back

 

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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