Moms Talk Q&A: How Will Your Kids Get to School in the Fall?

Trenton board of education members passed a budget in which transportation was eliminated. So, now what?

The budget for the was adopted Monday, and it did not include transportation for general education students.

Parents of Trenton students have been commenting on Trenton Patch's Facebook page since the story was posted late Monday night.

Many parents have raised and others feel the cut was justified given the for Michigan Public Schools.

A major safety concern brought up was the idea that young children may be forced to cross Fort Street in order to get to school, if they cannot find a ride with a parent or friend.

Board members voted in favor of using $250,000 to demolish rather than add busing to the agenda. Busing would have cost about $400,000, and the remaining cost would have come from a fund balance that one board member said was "way too low."

Patch wants to know what you think. Feel free to answer any or all of these questions:

Are you concerned for your child's safety because they now have to walk to school?

Has cutting busing changed your view on Trenton Public Schools?

Do you think busing was a luxury that needed to be cut in order to offer the best education possible to students?

What do you think of the decision to spend $250,000 to demolish William C. Taylor Elementary School?

How will your kids get to school in the fall?

Lindsey Hale June 17, 2011 at 08:06 AM
This doesn't affect my family for a few more years, but I worry about the small children that live on the other side of Fort Street and in Downtown Trenton. I know some parents will have no choice but to make their Little ones walk to school and that will be so dangerous for them. I wish they would have found another solution.
Thonya Huddleston June 17, 2011 at 01:11 PM
The busing issue will not personally affect us as I am fortunate to be a stay at home mom of 3 with a car. I do however worry about those that this will affect. I am wondering if there was any discussion about using those buses that they will keep to get athletes to sporting events to get those kids that need it most to and from school safely? Possibly do an application process?
Demericha June 17, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Meghan, I know how you feel. I live in that area as well. The closing of Taylor was already a life changing decision for these children and now they are going to make another major life changing decision. They ae putting our kids lives at risk. The Board should have watched the special where the FBI-Detroit Unit spoke on a nightly news program and said Michigan has the highest rate of children and teenagers being taken off the streets and being sold in sex slavery underground. So, they do not care about what happens to the high schooler who are not of driving age nor the babies not in high school. They only care about themselves. They only care about the children who live close to the high school who it does not effect.
Demericha June 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM
stabarez August 24, 2011 at 02:25 PM
I live by Taylor as well ,I am happy to hear the buses are back . I have two sons that would have to make the walk if transportation was a problem ,which many times it was. My oldest son has made the walk through the tunnel & if it rains the tunnel is flooded & had to come back home ,not to mention filled with garbage ,broken glass smells like urine and needles have been found. Plus let me ADD I don't feel like explaining a lesson on what a prophylactic is to my younger son


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