Lee County Schools
Lee Co. school board meeting tackles bus route concerns
Gisale's concerns over her daughter's safety .. Echoed by many of you.. Leading to a four in your corner investigation into long bus rides. Video by fox4now.comvideo
It outlined terrible inefficiencies in the system. But it was a single mom's e-mail to a city of cape coral council member that prompted the greatest changes. Video by fox4now.comvideo
FORT MYERS - "I'm very happy. Finally, they are thinking about the kids now." Cape Coral mom Gisela Estefan Arteaga is thrilled to hear changes coming to Lee County School District bus routes.
"It was very dark when I would take my kids to the bus stop. The kids were sitting on the street and it was very dangerous." Gisela said.
Her email to a Cape Coral councilmember is launching a test initiative within the city.
"We're looking at establishing stops in areas that are already lighted." Lee Co. Schools spokesperson Joe Donzelli said.
Gisela's concerns over her daughter's safety echoed by many of you, leading to a four in your corner investigation into long bus rides.
Our investigation sparked an audit into the transportation department. Now hundreds of thousands of changes are coming throughout Lee County as well. Most stops are being consolidated.
"We wanted to do what was best for the students and families. That audit showed that that was our best course of action." Donzelli said.
"So is this going to lead to shorter bus routes?" Donzelli said. "Absolutely, if you have less stops you are going to take less time to run that route."
Shorter routes and safer stops, but this mom says there is still work to be done.
"I hope a 100% of the bus stops have light." Gisela said.