Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Carroll County Public Schools - Overcrowded Buses? No problem!

Today was the first day of school for Carroll County Public Schools. While most parents' eyes were filled with tears as their little babies went off to government-controlled public schools, I was more filled with happiness. My kids love school and I admit that I'm a bit jealous that they're home during the summer. It's totally not fair!

However, this afternoon many parents' emotions switched to anger when they found out how crowded the school buses are. My daughter said that the school bus to middle school was so crowded that there were 3 kids to a seat and the rest had to sit in the aisles.

This is totally legal right? I wonder if Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie endorses this arrangement. Is Martin O'Malley not providing sufficient funding for school buses? Governor O'Malley - would you put your children on this bus?

This whole situation is insane. Most middle school kids are the size of adults. My daughter is as tall as me. She said there was no room and everyone was getting claustrophobic. Imagine if Mr. Guthrie had to seat 9 adults across the back seat and floor of his county-provided vehicle. Would they feel safe? Or if Martin O'Malley had to put 6 adults across the back seat of his limousine.

I told my daughter that if she one of the last ones on the bus to refuse to sit on the floor and demand that alternate transportation arrangements be made before the bus is allowed to proceed.

I anxiously await comment from Carroll County Public Schools, Governor Martin O'Malley, and the Maryland State Police on this situation.

If you would like to contact Mr. Guthrie, he can be reached at 410.751.3000.

1 comment:

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Didn't they just lay off like 40 bus drivers last year too? That was a great idea, huh? What a horrible situation.

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