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Education Committee Approves New Elementary Bell Schedule

Transportation Director Wayne Robinson said the later dismissal times will help the buses arrive at the schools on time.

The members of the Centennial Education Committee unanimously approved Transportation Director Wayne Robinson's request to alter the arrival and dismissal schedule for the district's elementary schools when the 2012-2013 school year begins.

The new full-day schedule will look like the following:

  • will begin classes at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.
  • Davis Elementary and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m.

"The new schedule will help us provide more timely service for the students in the morning and afternoon," said Robinson during Wednesday night's meeting. "It will also alleviate the problem of students waiting for a long time after school for the bus to arrive."

Centennial Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman asked for the issue to go in front of the school board as quickly as possible to allow parents enough time to make arrangements with after school daycare services.

Committee chairperson Jane Schrader Lynch and fellow members Mark Miller and Betty Huf also asked Robinson to notify parents as early as possible what the bus stop pick ups and drop offs will be for the new school year.

Robinson told the committee that he preferred to send the yellow index cards with bus assignments late in August to allow for any last minute new enrollments or other changes.

"When parents get that card, they think the schedule is set in stone," said Robinson. "They might miss the slight alteration and a kid could miss the bus."

He said he would look into posting a preliminary schedule online earlier in the month, with the hard copies coming at their usual time.

jennifer April 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Just came from the school board meeting...Thank you Mrs. Lynch for hearing us and standing up for us.
MW April 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'm pretty sure you're ignorant comment "Aw, he can't do karate anymore" wasn't meant to mean you thought extra curricular activities were important. My comprehension skills are right on and so is my judgement that you are just an arrogant, ignorant, narrow-minded, judgemental person who thinks that because they have a PhD that they are better then everyone else is right on also. You have nothing but negative things to say back to everyone and have yet to provide valuable insight to the problem everyone is having with the school board. And I am not sure what the participation trophies have anything to do with what I said. I said that these activities were valuable to building a child, nothing about whether they get a trophy or not. You seem to think highly of them considering you've been throwing around your "PhD" status so much. Pot calling the kettle black? Yup! The only one around here with a tiny mind is you. I hope that my children never end up having you as their "educator" considering you have such a negative attitude towards pretty much everyone that has commented here.
WDC April 24, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Keep sending your emails to the school board everyone!! We were heard tonight, nothing was resolved but at least the motion was stalled for now, This issue will be reintroduced to the operations and finance committee. If you have any ideas on how to raise 1.2million dollars (for new buses) in a short amount of time, let the board know!! Kudos to Mrs. Jane Lynch, Mrs. Betty Huf and Mr. Michael Hartline who were on our side and heard what we had to say, many thanks to all of you!!
Elaine April 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I just wanted to thank Mrs. Lynch for doing the right thing and showing the other Board Members how to represent the people properly!!! She has more common sense than the rest of them combined!!! I also wanted to thank Mr.Cohen for saying what we were all thinking. How can they spend $500,000 on a sound system and not buy buses? Clearly the priorities of the other members are demented.
Pamela April 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The answer to Mr. Cohen's question is simple. The Board is trying to out shine BCW and BCE. They believe that the most expensive toys make them better. They forgot that our schools became BLUE RIBBON based on our TEACHERS, and in the process our children have lost some precious that can NEVER be replaced. Dr. Cressman said it last night, "this is the best we can do" and this is the only thing option she is going to present to the district. The Operations committee will be presented with her metrics of why we need to change time at OUR schools or come up with $1.5 Million dollars to buy new buses. hey knew this was going to happen when they signed the teachers' contract as Dr. Pollack so nicely informed us last night. After all they did have the forsight to add an additional 30 minites into the contract. Well here's some facts people on March 13 the Board voted to buy 7 NEW BUSES. They said ONLY 3 REPLACED old buses, so where are the other 4. Our public schools account for approximately 20% of the bus use in the district the rest is PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL/NON-PUBLIC that includes transportation to philadelphia schools! So why are we left to come with $1.2 million and 10 buses? Let them pay more money to the district. Why are district buses doing AM drop off for schools and not PM drop offs? Obviously these schools don't need us, so let them get some one else. There are solutions, but nobody is looking for them.

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