School Board Says Dismissals Going Well Despite Complaints

Members of the Centennial School Board discussed dismissal time at two of the district's elementary schools Tuesday evening.

Several members of the Centennial School Board said they were contacted by phone and via email following a

"Some people would read these articles... and use many choice words about our school directors and how we really don't care," said School Board Member Jane Schrader Lynch. "Nothing is perfect in this world, but there is a lot of effort to make sure things work well."

Board Member Michael Hartline said he took a few hours off of work to attend Tuesday afternoon's dismissal and investigate the situation.

At Tuesday evening's school board meeting, Hartline reported the following:

"I arrived at the school at 2:55 p.m. There were nine cars waiting to pick children up at that time. By 3:10 there was 22 cars, and by dismissal time there were 36 cars. I watched them process 54 cars and dismiss about 75-100 students in 15 minutes."

Hartline said he didn't know if the school could get through the process much faster. He quipped that he wished the exit from Phillies games could be as efficient. 

Board Member Mark Miller reported similar successes at Davis Elementary School.

Miller said he also made a site visit on Tuesday, and gave the following statistics regarding dismissal at Davis:

"Within eight minutes all of the buses were on the road, within 12 minutes all of the walkers were on their way and by 3:42 p.m. the entire dismissal process was complete."

Centennial's Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Cressman said she realizes that, but the entire staff has been working extremely hard to make sure the process runs smoothly. 

Cressman said by all accounts the staff at each of the schools is doing a wonderful job.

The board agreed to continually monitor the situation as the school year progresses.

Lavender Green September 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Josh, its not brand new, but there will always be traffic issues and today I spent time speaking with the principal for the school who is very concerned and also is working very hard at making it work. Do people have suggestions to assist the issue being worked out? If so they can call or email her, It doesnt really matter what the planning committee did or did not do thats past the issue is that they are aware of this and are working on keeping things moving forward, should it be on CNN, lol na, but it is news for our area and yes it should be addressed
Fran McDermott September 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
With the exception of the first day, my daughter's bus has been home on time every day.
Patti McGorrey September 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
With the exception of yesterday, my daughter's bus drops her off between 4:05 and 4:10 (yesterday, it made it at 3:58). I'm waiting to see what the final bus schedule will be when we get the new buses. If it still takes 35-40 minutes for her to get home, I'll have to come up with another plan--probably picking her up.
Dawn S. September 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I am a McDonald parent and I pick up my kids every afternoon. It's pretty much the same as last year. It is always slowest in the beginning of the year. It takes time to get the kids to parent pick up. Then you have some parents in line and there kids aren't there. You also have many new teachers that don't know our cars. That all takes time to work itself out. I get there at 3:00, kids get out at 3:30 and I'm home by 3:40 at the latest. If people don't want to wait they can get there later after the line has gone down or put your kids on the bus. Come March I know some of the parents in this line will have their kids walking from school at least in the nice weather.
Amy September 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
My daughter's bus home from AM kindergarten at Willow Dale was very late on the 1st day, but I was very happy to see there was an aide on the bus making sure all the kids got off off at the right place. It has been pretty close to on time since then. I am satisfied.


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