Lee County Schools
Concerns raised at school bus town hall forum
Parents vent frustrations at town hall forum. Video by fox4now.comvideo
CAPE CORAL - Lee County students wrapped up their first full week of school but some parents have concerns over new bus routes.
On Saturday, school board member Don Armstrong, Transportation Director Robert Morgan and Cape Coral Council member Kevin McGrail heard from about 10 parents upset over new school bus routes.
In response to last transportation year's audit, the district is trying to cut down on painfully long bus rides first exposed by Fox 4. They're doing that by consolidating and tightening routes.
But some parents say that's forcing their kids to walk further - in some cases up to 2.5 miles away - and in other cases, there are reports of kids crossing busy roads.
"One of the things that I took away from [the meeting]," said Armstrong, "is we still have some tweaking, and things we need to look into, to resolve some of these [bus] issues."
There will be a second meeting on Aug. 20 that Armstrong, McGrail and Morgan will attend. They will discussing, in part, their efforts to move bus stops into more lighted areas.
"For the most part," said Armstrong, "people seem to be very receptive of what we're trying to accomplish."
The second school bus town hall will be this Sat. Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Regional Library located at 519 Chiquita Blvd. North in Cape Coral.
Anyone with bus stop questions or concerns is encouraged to attend.
MATT GRANT, REPORTER